Cannon Construction Services received some good news earlier this week when we learned the Buffalo Federal Courthouse has achieved LEED Gold certification. Our team served as the Construction Manager for the project and additionally obtained LEED documentation and fundamental and enhanced commissioning services for the project. The building was designed to LEED Silver originally, but our team convinced the GSA that Gold could be attained.
Congratulations belong to many people including: Eric Sweet, Jim Zubler, Kelly Maloney, Brad Tober, Dan Scirri, Mark Behringer, Aaron Wood and Mike Drozdowski, along with numerous office staff members who participated in peer reviews, cost estimating, value engineering and site visits throughout the project. Our partners KPF (Design Team leader) and Mascaro Construction Company (General Contractor) also deserve thanks and kudos.
Several building features enabled the courthouse to achieve this certification including the fact it will use 30% less water and 50% less energy than buildings that simply achieve code-compliance. More than 85% of building materials used for the project were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site and a third of those materials are considered recycled content. It is also worth noting the urban development value of this project as it strengthens the City of Buffalo’s downtown infrastructure.
This certification marks the second LEED Gold project for the Buffalo office this month (Buffalo State College’s Student Apartments complex) and we’re poised for several more in the near future. The number of LEED certified projects in the firm is a tangible measure of our practice’s sustainability and thus it is exciting to see the portfolio growing so quickly.
*Photo Courtesty of Defined Space
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