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Union Station awarded LEED Gold certification

Denver's historic Union Station continues to garner prestigious awards. RTD's Union Station Bus Concourse was awarded a Gold LEED certification for green building. It becomes only the ninth transit building in the United States to earn LEED designation.

RTD and its project partners celebrated the achievement by unveiling the LEED Gold Certification Plaque on November 18, 2014. You can see the plaque at Wewatta Pavilion at Union Station at 17th and Wewatta.

RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk, Union Station Project Manager Jerry Nery, Denver Union Station Project Authority representative Mike Sullivan and U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Executive Director Sharon Alton all shared comments at the dedication.

Bus concourse at Denver Union Station
RTD's bus concourse earned a green building premier mark of achievement

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

The U.S. Green Building Council oversees the program and it says LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

To receive LEED certification, building projects earn points to achieve different levels from the basic "certified" designation to silver, gold and platinum.

The project was rated on 64 criteria under the following categories:
  • Sustainability
  • Water efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Innovation and design process
  • Regional priority
Some of the elements that earned the bus concourse the coveted award include the use of recycled materials, increased ventilation, seven skylights that provide natural light and a green cleaning policy for the facility.
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