Headquarters facility wins award for energy efficiency, environmental design

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April 23rd, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s headquarters facility has been recognized as the “LEED-certified Building of the Year” by the Arizona chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association.

The 117,452-square-foot, three-building campus, which the department has occupied since November 2007, was recognized for meeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green” buildings.

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

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 department is planning on implementing a rooftop photovoltaic system that will take advantage of solar energy and potentially provide 10 percent (in the first phase) and up to 17 percent (by the second phase) of the facility’s electricity needs.

The headquarters facility project is designed to meet LEED gold certification standards, with a pending submittal for platinum certification when the photovoltaic system is in place.

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

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