Cleveland Convention Center Awarded LEED Gold Certification
Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald announced that the newly-constructed Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center project has been awarded LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED-BD+C) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
The Global Center and Convention Center earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The sustainability plan includes reducing the quantity of water needed in the design by using more efficient fixtures, optimizing energy efficiency through lighting and HVAC designs, purchasing materials with less environmental impact, and eliminating sources of indoor air pollution during demolition, construction and management of the facility.
Developed early in the design process via a team-oriented approach led by Van Auken Akins Architects, the sustainability plan for the facility includes building the new Convention Center below grade with a 12.5-acre green roof with extensive additional plant life and soil material that efficiently filters and reuses storm water. The new mall also features water-efficient landscaping using minimal water, including a plan for drought-tolerant plants to reduce water consumption.