A dining facility in an Army command center has recently received an LEED certification form the U.S Green Building Council. The dining facility in Fort Lee has been awarded with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its green features and initiatives. It is the first building in Norfolk District – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and in Fort Lee to receive LEED Gold.
Fort Bragg, another U.S military facility has constructed another building that could receive LEED certification from the USGBC. The facility will be the joint headquarters for U.S. Army Reserve Command and Forces Command in North Carolina.
Fort Lee is a military base with a main mission of training/preparing sustainment Soldiers. It is also a community of military men and their families.
The dining facility received 41 credits for following the criteria for material recycling and energy savings during the construction period of the building, according to the team leader for Norfolk District of the Army Corps of Engineer’s LEED support team, Patrick Warnement.
Warnement also said majority of new projects in the post, besides the dining facility are built in LEED Silver standard, but not all the buildings are being certified — it depends on the developer or contractor of the project.
Green features incorporated in the dining facility include Energy Star rated appliances, low-flow water fixtures, energy saving lighting systems that are controlled by motion detectors, and about 95 percent of the construction ravages were all recycled — including the asphalt road of the parking space where the building now stand.
The dining facility also needs fewer dumpsters for waste, which means lesser garbage wastes are going to landfills.