The Collection at RiverPark Awarded Prestigious LEEDŽ Green Building Certification
Oxnard, CA, October 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Collection at RiverPark announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“One our priorities has always been to have a profound and positive impact on the community in which we live, work, shop and play,” said Andres Friedman, Vice President at Shea Properties and lead developer for the center. “The Collection at RiverPark demonstrates sound environmental principals while creating economic benefits for our customers and the community as a whole.”
The 650,000 square foot, open-air, specialty retail center located in the heart of West Ventura County, is home to an assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. The Collection at RiverPark achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“The Collection at RiverPark’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and The Collection at RiverPark serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
LEED certification of The Collection at RiverPark was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. To promote a whole-building approach to sustainability the center focused on:
· Sustainable site development – The Collection was built with low emitting materials, reducing the quantity of contaminants – adhesives, sealants, paint, coatings, wood and carpet – that are odorous, irritating or harmful to the well-being of its occupants.
· Water saving – The center reduces the amount of water used by choosing native plant material, climate-based irrigation controllers and high efficiency fixtures for non-potable applications.
· Material selection – At least 10 percent of materials used to build the center were recycled or manufactured within 500 miles of the site thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
· Indoor environmental quality – Tenants of The Collection at RiverPark were provided with descriptive tools that educated and helped them implement sustainable design and construction features in their own build-outs.
“A tremendous amount of time and energy went into this LEED Certification,” said Friedman. “The internal development team, our architects at Altoon Partners, our general contractor VCC, and many other subcontractors and consultants all contributed to this effort. We are proud and excited to be a part of such a green project.”
About The Collection
The Collection at RiverPark is a 650,000 square foot, open-air, specialty retail center located in the heart of West Ventura County. Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, The Collection reflects the unique atmosphere of the surrounding seaside communities. The Collection is built around a town grid of retail streets, each of which has its own personality—a carefully crafted assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. Anchors include Target, Century RiverPark 16, the area’s only REI and Whole Foods Market. Follow us on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at TheCollectionRP.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.