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ShoWare Center Wins “Green Washington” Award
from Seattle Business Magazine
KENT, Wash. – September 24, 2010 – Kent’s ShoWare Center, was named the winner of Seattle Business Magazine’s “Green Washington” award in the sports arena category. One of 13 winners, ShoWare Center was chosen from over 100 nominees for demonstrating leadership, innovation and commitment to sustaining the environment. The award was presented at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle Thursday, September 23 at a special event honoring all finalists.
“I’m extremely proud of this achievement,” said Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke. “Receiving this award reaffirms our efforts to balance economic development with being good stewards of the environment. We couldn’t have done this without the strong collaboration among our entire team. It’s also pretty cool to be in the good company of the other finalists, Seattle Mariners & First & Goal, the operators of Qwest Field.”
Parterning with the City of Kent were LMN Architects, Mortenson Construction, Paladino & Company, Shiels Obletz Johnsen and the Seattle Thunderbirds.
ShoWare Center is the first sports and entertainment facilities in North America to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Highlights of ShoWare Center’s green features include:
- Premium parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and car and vanpools
- Low-flowing water fixtures and dual-flush toilets exceed 40% water savings when compared to similar buildings
- Native plant landscaping that doesn’t require watering
- Energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and ice-making equipment reducing energy use by over 37%
- More than 90% of the construction debris was recycled
- Constructed using more than 50% Forest Stewardship Council certified wood
- Low volatile organic compound paints and adhesives were used to minimize indoor contaminants that exacerbate respiratory problems
- Excess heat rejected from the ice-making equipment is used to warm the ground under the ice rink to maintain the integrity of the foundation
Additional information on ShoWare Center’s green building features and images are available at www.showarecenter.com.
Michelle Witham, City of Kent