“Everyone at ecoPreserve is incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, and passionate about what they do. They made our facility accreditation application process smoother and quicker than we could have ever anticipated. Thank you for your dedication to making our facilities better.”
City of Orlando
The City of Orlando established its Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program to upgrade streets and bikeways while providing more amenities for residents citywide. One project within that program, the redevelopment of the city’s Grand Avenue properties, would transform a school and park into a neighborhood center. Expansion of the former school would add a gymnasium, pottery studio, and more. That new construction would have to meet well-defined standards for energy use management, reduced waste, and creating an optimal environment. Achieving those standards citywide has earned Orlando its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Orlando’s commitment to green building predates its 2020 LEED Gold. Since 2007, all new construction projects at city properties have been required to achieve environmental excellence standards. Furthering that commitment, the city brought in ecoPreserve to guide, document, and support LEED certification at the Grand Avenue Neighborhood Center. City employees from varied departments participated in briefings and discussions of LEED v4 building certification requirements. The resulting documentation identified potential cost savings along with recommendations for sustainable and resilient design.
Solar panels, EV charger infrastructure, and other recommended improvements can further the city’s goal of reducing electricity use 20% from 2010 levels. A 75% waste diversion goal would reduce, reuse, or recycle construction waste that would otherwise be hauled to a landfill. As design and construction at Grand Avenue are completed, ecoPreserve will document each achievement, earning LEED credits, and ultimately assuring LEED v4 certification for this city project.
Services: USGBC LEED Administration, Commissioning
Initiated: 2018; currently in-progress
Expansion: 50,020 square feet of new floor area
City of Orlando
Early in 2020, public venues worldwide were canceling events and closing their doors to mitigate further spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Central Florida, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) had been shut down for more than a month. OCCC leadership knew that reopening the nation’s 2nd largest convention center would require more than the “deep cleaning” that other facilities promoted. Nothing less than comprehensive infectious disease prevention would provide optimal health protection to the public and convention center staff.
The gold standard for preparing facilities to reopen had been established by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). GBAC STAR Accreditation would eclipse one-time cleaning efforts by establishing an infectious disease prevention program. Enhanced cleaning protocols, hospital-proven disinfection techniques, and best operational practices for disease prevention and response would minimize biohazards at the OCCC.
ecoPreserve lead the certification of OCCC’s 7 million square-foot facility while providing technical guidance and efficiently handling communications with the GBAC organization. Within one month, all 20 elements were submitted to the GBAC Review Committee along with detailed documented evidence. After certification, the OCCC hosted the Back Together Expo, demonstrating optimal safety protocols to stakeholders, staff, and attendees.
Even during the pandemic, adherence to GBAC STAR protocols enables the facility to hold a monthly average of five convention events. In addition, OCCC has become the host facility for on-site COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Services: Certification project management and documentation
Completion: July 2020
Property: 7 million square feet The OCCC hosts 1.4 million visitors annually.
The sustainability and resilience goals of Tampa, Florida focus on resource conservation and climate change resiliency. As city leaders wanted to better align the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) facility and operation with those goals, they chose Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a targeting strategy that would identify the most valuable resource conservation and climate change resiliency improvements. To meet their goals most affordably and efficiently, the leaders wanted to know which type of LEED certification to pursue.
ecoPreserve could answer that question. The team met with city officials and TCC staff to determine the analysis and deliverables that would consider all options and specifically recommend that type, version, and level of LEED certification to pursue.
After receiving input from property-wide representatives, ecoPreserve determined that the TCC should seek LEED v4.1 E-BOM certification. In further study, they observed specific opportunities for attaining LEED Silver or LEED Gold. Their final report to TCC and city leaders documented relevant challenges and ongoing performance requirements. Its conclusions identified practical next steps toward certification.
Today, the convention center has LEED certification in-process. An ecoPreserve team is advising and facilitating progress toward either a Silver or a Gold award.
Services: Building conditions assessment, analysis, and reporting. Advising on energy and environmental excellence certification for the facility.
Completed: September 2020
Property: 600,000 square-feet
Our mission is to empower organizations with solutions that reduce environmental impact, increase operational performance, and improve quality of life.
The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.
Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.
Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.
Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.
Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.
Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.
ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.
In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.
ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.
Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.
The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:
Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.
Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.
A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.
The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.