Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ballpark to Pursue LEED-Silver Certification

With the finishing touches being put on Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso, the City is now highlighting the structure’s level of sustainability. The Engineering and Construction Management Department of the City of El Paso will seek LEED-Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.
A recent aerial photograph of Southwest University Park, released by ZTEX Construction, shows newly placed sod on the field. (ZTEX Construction)

The LEED designation—LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design—is described by the Council as “a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.”

The factors cited by the City as contributing to the ballpark’s environmental friendliness include its proximity to the Brio Rapid Transit System; use of existing parking infrastructure; adding bicycle parking; reducing stormwater runoff; recycling demolition and construction waste; and use of recycled and regionally-sourced construction materials.

As a City policy, all city-owned buildings of over 5,000 square feet in size are required to pursue at least LEED-Silver Certification, according to the City of El Paso website.

Opening day is just three weeks away for the 7,500-seat stadium that will be home to the El Paso Chihuahuas Triple-A baseball team. A decision on the LEED certification is expected in 2015.