Dingell Transit Center earns LEED certification, recognition of ‘green’ building status

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Representatives celebrate the John Dingell Transit Center receiving Silver Certification under LEED designation guidelines. Celebrating with the award are: Mike Kirk (left), principal with Neumann/Smith Architecture; Dearborn City Councilman Mike Sareini; Steve Gedert, principal with Neumann/Smith Architecture; Kevin McNeely, president of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council; David Norwood, Dearborn sustainability coordinator; Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja; Barry Murray, director of Economic and Community Development for the city, and Neal Billetdeaux with Smith GroupJJR.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Representatives celebrate the John Dingell Transit Center receiving Silver Certification under LEED designation guidelines. Celebrating with the award are: Mike Kirk (left), principal with Neumann/Smith Architecture; Dearborn City Councilman Mike Sareini; Steve Gedert, principal with Neumann/Smith Architecture; Kevin McNeely, president of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council; David Norwood, Dearborn sustainability coordinator; Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja; Barry Murray, director of Economic and Community Development for the city, and Neal Billetdeaux with Smith GroupJJR.

DEARBORN – The John D. Dingell Transit Center has earned a Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, officially acknowledging its environmentally-friendly building components.

The Silver Certification was awarded under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines. LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring a building’s sustainability.

The city owns the transit center, and Amtrak operates the station. It was built entirely with $28.2 million in federal funds and opened in December 2014.

Among the elements qualifying the 16,000-square-foot building for Silver Certification is a metal roof, energy-efficient lighting, geo-thermal heating and cooling, and storm water management features. It sits on seven acres at 21201 Michigan Ave. The parking lot includes charging stations for electrical vehicles.

Neumann/Smith Architecture designed the station, along with consultant design firms of SmithGroupJJR, Quandel Consultants, KMI, Penhale & Yates, DiClemente Siegel Design and Somat Engineering. Tooles/Clark constructed the center.

Representatives from the design firms as well as from the city took part in the Jan. 5 certification presentation. Making the presentation to the city was Kevin McNeely, president of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. schedule said the certification reflects the city’s commitment to sustainability.

“We’re proud that we designed the Dingell Transit Center to meet demanding LEED standards, in keeping with our other ‘green’ initiatives,” O’Reilly said. “It is especially appropriate for the train station, since rail travel, like all mass transit, promotes more efficient use of energy and resources.”

In November, the city learned the transit center was approved for Silver LEED certification. It was one of several honors bestowed on the building in 2015. It earned an honorable mention from UM/ULI Real Estate Forum under its 2015 Development/Redevelopment Award. Also, the Construction Association of Michigan named the transit center as one of the state’s 12 most important projects of the year.

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