FLORIDA – May 12, 2008 – GATES recently completed construction of the Interpretive Center at The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for Lee County Government. Completed ahead schedule, the building is currently pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification, Silver Rating. Upon certification, the Interpretive Center will be the first LEED certified commercial project in Lee or Collier Counties. LEED is a national standard for green building design developed by The United States Green Building Council (which GATES is an active member of).
Some of the techniques that GATES implemented include the use of recycled and organic materials. External deck and railings are a substance that resembles wood but is actually a composite of recycled products, including plastic grocery bags and sawdust. 51% of the original site was preserved and the few trees that were removed were replaced with native saplings. During construction, 179 tons of material was diverted from the landfill, mostly through recycling.
The two-story Interpretive Center is located within the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers. The Center features educational displays including exhibits detailing Green Building aspects. Other features include indoor meeting space, an office for the Parks & Recreation Department, an outdoor teaching pavilion and a book store. Parker Mudgett Smith Architects provided design services.
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