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New county works HQ an environmental LEED-er

September 08, 2010
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SALT LAKE CITY — It''s an undeniably green building that Salt Lake County hopes will become Utah''s first publicly funded, platinum-certified facility under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The county has built a new headquarters for its sanitation, fleet, flood control and public works operation divisions in Midvale, replacing an old one nearby that was so unsafe that one engineer joked employees should be receiving "hazard pay," the article stated.
The new building has an environmental — and artistic — flare: The exterior is plated with coppery recycled steel with interior supports rescued from an old railroad bridge, the article noted.
According to the article, county officials acknowledge that a green public works building cost more (by about 5 percent to 7 percent) to build, but the price tag still was considerably cheaper than expected.
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