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NEWS|April 29 2019

April Newsletter: Recognizing Earth Month with a Focus on Sustainability

Environmental stewardship is important to the Washington State Convention Center. In this Earth Month, we’re spotlighting the Addition’s sustainability efforts. The facility is slated for at least LEED Gold certification. Below are some of the ways this will be achieved.

During the construction phase, debris is being diverted from disposal in landfills and incineration facilities. Materials that can be recycled are sent back to be manufactured into reusable products.

Speaking of recycling, the Addition project’s interior will incorporate sustainably sourced, recyclable, and recycled content. This will include plant-based acoustic ceiling tiles with 71 percent recycled content, bio-based fabric panels, a ballroom ceiling made of reclaimed worm wood from an old log boom, and benches constructed from large, salvaged timbers. The Convention Center is especially proud that reclaimed wood from the Honda building that previously occupied a corner of the Addition site will be milled and used for railings throughout the building. 
 

The Addition’s design will include rooftop photovoltaic panels that will improve the building’s energy performance by 30 percent over the baseline building-performance rating. The design has a provision for additional panels, which would boost energy efficiency even further.

The Addition project also recently achieved Salmon-Safe certification. This is a peer-reviewed program that certifies and monitors projects to improve their benefits to the environment, particularly around restoring urban watersheds.

"The Puget Sound area's natural beauty is one of the many reasons that people come here to visit, and to live," said Matt Rosauer, Pine Street Group project manager for the Addition. "Doing our part to sustain that has been a priority for the Convention Center from the beginning of the Addition project."

 

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