ODOT Maintenance Facility seeks Energy and Environmental Certification

District 10 breaks ground on first-ever LEED Certified building

 

CALDWELL (July 28, 2010) - With shovels in hand, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 10 made history today by breaking ground on the district’s first-ever Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building.  The new maintenance facility, located in Noble County, is seeking LEED Certification for its environmentally-friendly design. 

“The new Noble County facility will stand as testament to ODOT’s continued dedication to not only be stewards of the taxpayer’s trust, but also stewards of the environmental trust,” declared District Deputy Director Karen Pawloski.

The $4.5 million maintenance facility will have several environmentally-friendly elements including skylights and a wash bay that recycles water to make brine for ice and snow operations. Once construction is complete in May of 2011, the facility will officially receive its LEED Certification.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Go with Green” initiative, which focuses on implementing environmentally-friendly operations and practices, is dedicated to achieve LEED certification on at least 50 percent of its newly constructed buildings.

The new facility, located in Caldwell, Ohio, will replace the nearly 60 year old existing maintenance garage in Noble County.  The existing Noble County maintenance facility was built in 1951 for $91,844. 

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to lower operating costs and increase asset value, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

County maintenance facilities are the frontline command center for all highway maintenance issues including ice and snow removal, pothole patching, maintenance of traffic and many other maintenance related concerns.  The goal of all highway maintenance operations is to facilitate the maintenance of a safe, efficient, accessible highway system that fosters economic growth and personal travel. 

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For more information contact:  David Rose, ODOT District 10 Public Information Office, at (740) 568-3904