Achieving certification on the Gold level, the building features low-flow fixtures, no volatile organic compound (VOC) paint, carpet and furniture, an ultraviolet (UV) light air filtration system and occupancy sensors for lighting, the story stated.
Ninety-seven percent of construction waste generated from the project was recycled rather than put into a landfill, the story noted.
According to the story, additional LEED points were earned by incorporating bikes racks to encourage non-fossil fuel transportation and offering preferred parking for low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Bill Clark of the Department of Construction and Solid Waste Management
, said: "[This is] a good thing for us to do, to build this sort of structure and not ignore these people and not judge them but to help them. It defines us as a community. [This is a project] everyone should be proud of, a really good use of tax dollars."