FONTANA, CA — A new California Transportation Authority (Caltrans) facility holds the honor of being the first "essential services facility" to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Engineered by AECOM to withstand a magnitude 7.5 earthquake without structural damage or interruption to telecommunications equipment, the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center (IETMC) curbs energy use by 30 percent and potable water use by 50 percent over typical buildings of this kind, the article stated.
In going for the gold, construction crews utilized 24 percent recycled materials and diverted over 75 percent of potential construction waste from landfills, the article noted.
"Minimizing the environmental footprint of a facility with hi-tech demands is a challenge, but an integrated approach allowed our team to optimize sustainable design strategies combined with robust, low-impact solutions," said Alastair MacGregor, leader of AECOM''s high-performance buildings group.
Among many unique design features, the building''s earthquake risk is minimized by a base-isolation system mounted between the foundation and structure that dissipates seismic energy, the article added.
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