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Grand Avenue Neighborhood Center

Written by: the ecoPreserve team

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Commissioning

Orlando, Florida

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.

Project Recap

Services: USGBC LEED Administration, Commissioning

Initiated: 2018; currently in-progress

Expansion: 50,020 square feet of new floor area