YMCA Of The Rockies Awarded LEED Green Building Certification
YMCA of the Rockies announced today that it has been awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
Completed in June, 2009, Longs Peak Lodge is a 100-room lodge built to enhance YMCA of the Rockies, an 860-acre family vacation destination in Estes Park, Colorado. The lodge was designed by Neenan Archistruction to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return;
“YMCA of the Rockies’ LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and YMCA of the Rockies serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish,” Fedrizzi said.
Mark Holdt, Vice President of Planning and Project Development for YMCA of the Rockies, managed the construction project. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our environmental stewardship on the new Longs Peak Lodge,” Holdt said. “It is an honor to have the first LEED Gold certified building in the Estes Valley as a demonstration of our commitment to the environment. Our appreciation goes to Farnsworth Group, Neenan Archistruction and RLH Engineering for playing a vital role in making this achievement possible.”
LEED certification of Longs Peaks Lodge was based on a number of green designs and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
• Achieving significant energy savings through the installation of a new, high-efficiency central boiler which produces hot water and heat for Longs Peak Lodge and two additional new lodges scheduled to open in January.
• Installing carpet in the new lodges and Assembly Hall that is made with recycled products and is engineered in a process that uses 25 percent less yarn than the industry average. This translates into the saving of thousands of pounds of virgin yarn.
• Placing recycling dumpsters on site so scrap building materials were recycled rather than dumped. The Y was able to recycle 75 percent of the project’s construction waste.
• Using low emitting construction materials as much as possible (adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets, wood and agrifiber products).
• Ordering new furniture made from fast-growing hickory wood, a renewable resource.
• Using Thinveneer for exterior walls. This rock is thinner than it appears as a finished product which means it is lighter to ship. This saved fuel, and the impact on the earth was less because quarry areas for Thinveneer are smaller.
• Recycling five building by moving them rather than bulldozing them.
• Building on already developed land in order to preserve undisturbed land.
• Connecting the lodges and other buildings with a walkway system so guests don’t need their motor vehicles to get around.
• Providing designated hybrid vehicle parking spaces near the lodges.
• Providing a bicycle rack near the lodge.
• Building retention ponds to provide storm water quantity and quality control, which prevents erosion and filters sediment from the water.
• Installing water efficient landscaping, thus reducing water use by 50 percent.
• Choosing low flow fixtures and toilets in the lodge rooms, resulting in a 30 percent reduction in water use.
• Reducing the building’s potential energy consumption by 25 percent by considering site orientation, using florescent lighting, using high rated insulation, and having 90 percent of the rooms be “daylight infused” (relying on windows to provide some light).
• Thirty percent of the construction materials used was of recycled content.
• Twenty percent of the construction materials used was locally manufactured.
YMCA of the Rockies will be offering public tours of the LEED Gold certified Longs Peak Lodge, plus Emerald Lodge and Rams Horn Lodge, as well as its new conference center, the Assembly Hall, on Wednesday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. Tours will begin from the Administration Building. Visit the YMCA of the Rockies booth at the Estes Earth Fest at the Stanley Hotel on Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16 for more information, or call 586-4444.