National Pet Hospital Headquarters Seeks Highest LEED Certification

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The corporate headquarters of Banfield Pet Hospital, relocating from Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, is seeking the highest LEED certification for its dog-friendly workplace. The 206,000-square-foot pet hospital is 44 percent more energy efficient and 40 percent more water efficient than a typical building its size. It is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest LEED rating for new buildings.

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Solar Energy Lab Wins Design Award, Stands Out for Sustainable Materials

BERKELEY, Calif. — AIA East Bay awarded the University of Berkeley’s solar energy lab the Citation Award for its remarkable design in late 2015. Chu Hall, an alternative energy research facility housing more than 100 researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), followed Berkeley Lab’s mission of creating “sustainable, carbon-neutral sources of energy” during its design and construction.

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MacDonald Commons Earns Bucknell University its First LEED Gold Building

LEWISBURG, Pa. — As schools and universities are realizing the benefits of “green” building on campus, the first LEED Gold building on Bucknell University made its debut last year. Although the building opened in time for the fall 2015 semester, it just recently received formal LEED Gold recognition this year. The 14,100-square-foot MacDonald Commons Building was completed by Northumberland, Pa.-based general contractor Zartman Construction and the Boston office of EYP Architecture/Engineering PC as well as Mid-Penn Engineering Corporation, based in Lewisburg.

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Santa Monica Makes Rooftop Solar Panels Mandatory

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — In April, Santa Monica City Council passed the ordinance mandating rooftop solar systems be built on all new buildings, residential and commercial, in the city. Santa Monica is the fifth municipality in California to make solar installations mandatory, following on the heels of San Francisco. Other cities that made the change include Lancaster, Sebastopol in 2013 and Culver City in 2008.

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Tropical Construction Goes Green in Singapore

SINGAPORE — In downtown Singapore, a newly completed skyscraper is growing green. Oaisa Downtown, a 27-story hotel with a plant-covered exoskeleton, is unlike any other experimental green high-rise. WOHA, the Singapore-based designer, created the sustainable building as an alternate to the Western glass-and-steel structures, which tend to attract and trap heat in the tropics.

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Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena Features Energy-Efficient Technologies

LAS VEGAS — The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is now one of the world’s most automated and energy-efficient entertainment, sporting and concert venues, as it features custom-designed connected technology solutions from Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation.

The grand opening for T-Mobile Arena — a joint venture between Los Angeles-headquartered AEG, a sporting and music entertainment presenter, and Las Vegas-headquartered MGM Resorts International — was held April 7.

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Mixed-Use Development in Boulder Earns LEED Platinum

BOULDER, Colo. — 1738 Pearl Street, a mixed-use property in downtown Boulder designed by Denver real estate investment company Unico Properties, recently achieved LEED Platinum Core and Shell, making it Boulder’s first privately owned LEED Platinum building, according to Unico Sustainability.

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University of California Merced Continues Green Efforts

MERCED, Calif. — The University of California Merced has improved its sustainability rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), after a long and rigorous review process, according to University of California Merced.

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VCU Health Renovation, Expansion Wins National Award

RICHMOND, Va. — The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) honored VCU Health in Richmond with a 2016 Vista Award for the renovation and expansion of its emergency department, which was officially completed in August 2013.

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