On August 6, Westhampton Beach’s Village Hall formally earned Suffolk County’s first LEED Gold rating from USGBC. The $5.45 million project was completed back in 2006; interestingly, the project’s construction manager, Sandpebble Builders of Southampton, blamed the three-year lag on the “slow process” of applying for formal LEED certification.
The project earned 48 points under the LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 rating system and the town has noted a 40 percent drop in utility costs since the building opened. Green features include air diffusers in individual offices, carbon dioxide sensors, and LEED-standard low-VOC paints and sealants, efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, a graywater system, and indigenous landscaping.
50 percent of construction materials were either manufactured or procured within 500 miles of the site and 86 percent of construction debris was recycled. The project team was also able to save $160,000.00 in hard construction costs by eliminating wall coverings and dropped ceilings; exposed construction details and ductwork were instead painted in a variety of colors.
Manhattan-based Beatty, Harvey & Associates designed the project; you may recall that Beatty, Harvey served as architects for the nautically-inspired Greenburgh Public Library in Westchester which, despite its green design features, opted not to pursue formal LEED certification from USGBC.
- Village Hall Gets High Marks for Green Engineering (27east.com)
- Greenburgh Public Library (gbNYC)