Bonita Springs News


Date ArticleType
1/13/2014 General

Southwest Florida International Airport's New Fire Station Earns LEED Gold Certification

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2014) – The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute. The new fire station opened in June 2013 and is one of a few projects in Lee County, Fla., to achieve this LEED designation and the first public/government building to receive the Gold-level rating for sustainable design and construction.


Some key features of the 31,000-square-foot ARFF Station that helped earn the Gold certification included energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems; low-flow water fixtures; a rain water reclamation system for collection and storage of water to be used for landscaping irrigation; recycling and separating of construction debris and waste; and the use of reflective building materials and allowance of natural light into the building.


“The Lee County Port Authority is proud to have our new fire station recognized as a LEED-certified building project,” said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority. “Efficiently managing our resources is an integral part of our business plan and we find every opportunity to make building projects sustainable.”


LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute to buildings that are designed to lower costs, reduce waste, conserve energy and water, be healthier and reduce harmful emissions. The LEED Green Building Certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. 


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