The Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has earned Long Island’s first LEED Silver rating. Brookhaven’s $12.6 million Research Support Building, designed by Farmingdale, New York-based Ehasz Giacolone Architects, earned 34 credits from USGBC, including the maximum possible for recycled-content and locally-sourced materials. General contractor E.W. Howell of Woodhaven, New York also diverted between 50 and 75 percent of the project’s construction debris from local landfills. The two-story, 65,000-square-foot building includes two different office wings that are connected by a glass atrium lobby, while the exterior is clad with metal panels.
Of particular interest in terms of green construction law, the press release announcing the award notes that “[a]chieving LEED certification required careful attention to the details of LEED requirements, options, and documentation requirements during design and construction. While some LEED options are standard practice in all [Brookhaven National Laboratory] buildings, such as no smoking and recycling, others are new practices.”
In other words, contract language delineating the scope of each project stakeholder’s responsibilities with respect to LEED certification requirements was likely critical given the owner’s learning curve associated with the project’s green features. BNL’s project team also included engineers STV, Inc. and commissioning services from Manhattan-based Horizon Engineering Associates. E.W. Howell broke ground on the building back in March of 2005 with ribbon-cutting in October of 2006.
E.W. Howell Receives LEED Silver (NYREJ)