The Modern Recreation Center with a Touch of Green

March 30, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

A recreation center in Herriman, Utah, has recently qualified for a LEED Platinum certification, and if awarded, it will be one of the sixth development projects in the state, and the first recreation center in Utah to achieve the highest certification from the U.S Green Building Council. JL Sorenson Recreation Center, operated by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, is a complete recreation and fitness facility, which will be serving the residents of Salt Lake County’s southwest area.

The Modern Recreation Center with a Touch of Green

In North Carolina, another green facility has recently received the highest LEED certification from the USGBC. The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center, and just like the JL Sorenson Recreation Center, it would also be the first LEED Platinum building — the first state-owned building awarded with the designation.

Located at West Herriman Main Street, the new 107,000 square feet recreation center, according to company information, was designed by EDA Architects, and built by Layton Construction Co — a general contractor.

Facilities on the “green” recreation center include a drop-in daycare center, multi-purpose rooms, dance and aerobics studio, exercise and fitness equipments, racquetball courts, a 16,000 square feet double gym, an indoor walking and running track, indoor pool, and an out-door competition-sized swimming pool.

According to company information, the recreation center was designed to consume 30 percent less water and 40 percent less energy compared to a non-LEED certified or a standard building project of similar size.

Green features integrated in the recreation center include motion light sensors in every part of the facility, solar hot water panels, low-flow plumbing and water fixtures, a landscape designed to reduce potable water usage, and others.

Layton began the construction on the recreation center in 2009.

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