May 22, 2013 in Projects, and Sustainability

Robotics Technology Park Phase 1 achieves LEED® certification

Birmingham, Ala.Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood announced today that Robotics Technology Park Phase 1 has been awarded LEED® Silver established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Phase 1 is the anchor to Robotics Technology Park, an industrial park intended to capture global attention from the robotics industry.

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“The overarching design goal of the Robotics facility, and ambitious global vision of former Governor Bob Riley, was to develop a facility that positioned Alabama as a worldwide leader in robotics training,” said Jacquelyn Hart, GMC interior architect and LEED coordinator for Phase 1. “The logical choice to support this vision was USGBC’s LEED certification program, as it is recognized worldwide as a standard for green.”

The GMC design team incorporated geometrics that are an architectural interpretation of a robotic aesthetic throughout the design, which features energy efficient construction designed to some of the highest standards set forth by USGBC. The state-of-the-art complex will be used as a case study to inform the design and construction of future campus projects to educate occupants and visitors of the benefits of green buildings.

“Robotics Technology Park Phase 1 LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Robotics Technology Park serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

The state-of-the-art complex is LEED Silver Certified for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies and features. Some of these include:

  • Constructed vegetated wetlands that serve to collect and filter storm water on site
  • Native plant materials, minimizing needs for landscape irrigation and maintenance
  • Rain water collection system used to feed the irrigation system
  • Exterior lighting designed to reduce light pollution
  • A highly reflective roof membrane to reduce the heat-island effect
  • An efficient building envelope, including high performance glazing, to reduce consumption of energy for air conditioning and lighting
  • Dedicated areas for the storage and collection of recyclables
  • Interior materials with low volatile organic compounds [VOCs] to support a healthy indoor air environment and sensors that monitor the indoor air quality.

Bicycle storage spaces, shower/changing rooms and preferred parking for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles to encourage alternative forms of transportation

1225276522__dsc9816Principal participants of the project team are LEED Accredited Professionals including Chris Engel, Jeff Slaton, Mark Coyle and Jeff Miller, architects; William McLemore, environmental engineer; Jacquelyn Hart, interior architect and LEED coordinator; and Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED consultant.1112494713__dsc6088

“Robotics LEED Silver certification is important for so many reasons,” Hart said. “In this case, it sends the message to automation and robotics manufacturers across the globe that we, as Alabamians, share their values by recognizing and acting on the increasing importance of sustainability.”