Arizona Game and Fish headquarters receives highest green building rating

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June 3rd, 2009

Becomes first building in Phoenixand fourth in Arizonato receive “platinum” LEED recognition

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s headquarters building in Phoenix has earned “platinum” certification—the highest awarded—through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.

There are only three other buildings in Arizona that have received platinum certification: the Applied Research and Development Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff; the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe; and the Lee H. Brown Conservation Learning Center in Tucson.

“We’re proud to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles. “As a natural resources agency, it is fitting we have a workplace that meets the highest standards in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design.”

The building employs design features and technology that reduce the need for artificial light, help with temperature control, cut exterior water usage through natural landscaping, and scale back interior water use via water-efficient plumbing fixtures.

Among the features is a 189-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic solar system that, when implemented this summer, will generate an estimated 290,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) annually. This renewable power will offset the equivalent of 208 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Other environmentally friendly features include the use of regionally harvested materials as well as wood harvested from managed forests. A green cleaning program also helps ensure the building has a reduced impact on the environment.

The 83,000-square-foot headquarters administration building is part of a 117,115-square-foot complex that also includes a 27,000-square-foot warehouse/lab building and a vehicle maintenance facility.

The department has occupied the complex since November 2007, when it moved from its former headquarters site of 14 modular buildings and trailers located at Greenway Road and 23rd Avenue in Phoenix.

Partners in the project included Lincoln Property Co. (developer), Will Architects (architect/designer), Sundt Construction Inc. (general contractor), Piper Jaffray (financing), and Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants (LEED consultant).

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