The City of Minneapolis announced Friday that its Hiawatha Public Works facility has received Platinum LEED green building certification, the highest possible certification. The $11 million revamped site, which opened in July 2010, consolidated several public works divisions on the nine acre site at 26th Street and Hiawatha. Eighteen separate buildings on the site were demolished or consolidated, creating new working space for nearly 200 people in 32,000 square feet of office space and 26,000 square feet of shop and storage space.
The facility includes
- on-site recycling of more than 90% of the demolition materials from previous buildings,
- on-site management of rain water through pervious pavers, rain gardens and underground water infiltration basin, resulting in virtually no storm-water run-off,
- use of natural day-light in 90% of indoor space and geothermal heating & cooling systems, and
- re-use of deck panels from the Lowry Avenue bridge as fencing around the facility.
The Hiawatha Maintenance facility was designed by RSP Architects and built by Knutson Construction Services. The City partnered with the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to ensure the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification building standards.
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