Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse attains LEED Gold Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED Gold Certification to the Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse, located at 155 NW 3rd Street, Miami, FL.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC's rating system for the design and construction of energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. The sustainable design strategies support Miami-Dade County's Sustainable Building Ordinance, which was adopted to establish a green building standard for County buildings. The Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse is Miami-Dade County's eighth project to earn this prestigious certification, the second-highest of LEED's four levels of certifications. By incorporating a comprehensive sustainability strategy throughout the design and construction process, and pushing project contractors to exceed expectations, the project earned successfully a Gold certification level, surpassing the initial goal of LEED Silver.
Miami-Dade County has earned LEED Certficiations on several other County projects to include:
- Internal Services Department's West Lot office and parking facility -- LEED Gold Certification
- Verde Gardens Project in Homestead -- LEED Gold Certification
- MIA Mover APM System Project -- LEED Gold Certification
- Miami Marlins Ballpark -- LEED Gold Certification
- Internal Services Department's Lillie M. Williams Head Start Center -- LEED Gold Certification
- Internal Services Department's Trade Shops -- LEED Silver Certification
- PortMiami's Cruise Terminal D Expansion -- LEED Silver Certification
"We are very proud to receive this recognition," said Tara Smith, Director. "The County is investing in a resilient infrastructure. This project demonstrates our department's desire to provide a healthy, sustainable future for generations to come, and our committment to GreenPrint -- our community-wide sustainability plan."
The Internal Services Department Design and Construction Services Division designed the building to incorporate many important green initiatives and allow for efficient building maintenance for many years to come. LEED Gold Certification is awarded for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality. Some of the LEED initiatives used in the design and construction were maximization of open space, light colored paving materials, water efficient landscaping, low flow faucets, and a green roof over the lower atrium lobby, which absorbs heat and acts as insulators for the building, reducing energy needed to provide cooling and heating.