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Thomas Park Administration & Operations Facility Achieves LEED Certification

Post Date:04/22/2014 9:30 AM
The Thomas Park Administration and Operations Facility, designed by Martin Gardner Architecture, has achieved LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The facility houses offices for the Marion Parks Department, maintenance and vehicle storage areas, a vehicle wash bay, and a year-round park pavilion/meeting room that doubles as a FEMA 361-rated tornado shelter.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an international rating system measuring overall site sustainability, water efficiency, energy usage, responsible use of materials, and overall healthiness of the indoor work environment. Buildings can be rated as Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

Some of the sustainable design strategies that were incorporated into the facility include:
• Rehabilitation of the surrounding grounds to help mitigate flooding and storm water runoff pollution of nearby Indian Creek. This was accomplished through soil amendments and the installation of a rain garden.
• Locating the building on a previously developed parcel of ground in an area with other goods, services and transportation options are available to the building occupants.
• Reducing water use below the standard codes by 20 percent or more.
• Reducing energy use, accomplished through various forms of insulation, in-floor heating for the garage areas and high efficiency furnaces for other parts of the building. The facility has realized energy cost savings of 40 percent when compared to building code baselines.
• Salvaging most of the original building components and recycling concrete and asphalt from the original facility, diverting more than 92 percent of construction waste from the landfill.
• Using recycled materials and regionally-sourced, manufactured and assembled materials totaling more than 20 percent.
• Providing continuous outdoor air to improve air quality.
• Incorporating natural light in lieu of light fixtures during daylight hours.
• Situating the building so that views to the outdoors are enjoyed by the occupants.

The $2.28 million project was funded in part by a $1,030,000 I-JOBS grant, $488,000 in FEMA funding, energy rebates through the Alliant Energy and Mid-American Energy Commercial Building Program, as well as Great Places and local funding.

The project management team included the City of Marion, Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C, M2B Engineers, Modus Engineering, Anderson-Bogert Engineers, Terracon Consultants, Riverplace Technologies, and Tricon Construction Group.
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