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Initiative: Village Hall LEED Platinum Certified Facility

Municipality: 
County: 
Contact Name: 
Darby P. Delsalle, AICP
Contact Email: 
ddelsalle@palmettobay-fl.gov
Coastal/Inland: 
Coastal

I congratulate the residents of Palmetto Bay who have financed this cutting-edge green complex with their hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The important green rating it has attained is the result of the hard work involved in the building’s design and construction. The need for energy efficiency grows larger every day with growing threats to global energy supplies. Palmetto Bay could very well be the example that prompts other municipalities throughout the nation to follow their lead in green energy efficiency.

- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Quick Facts & Statistics

  • The building has Photovoltaic Power, Cistern Irrigation System (40,000 gallons), Cistern Flushing System (20,000 gallons), Daylight Harvesting Design, Energy-efficient Doors & Windows, Variable-refrigerant air conditioning system, 98% LED Interior Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Occupancy Light Sensors, Solar Thermal Energy System (water heater), 49,286 SF of Permeable Pavers for water collection, Water condensate collection system, Dual-flush restroom fixtures, and Xeriscape Landscaping.
  • It was the first municipal center to obtain Platinum-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and it was the recipient of the 2011 Award of Excellence in the Pavers category presented by the National Concrete Masonry Association.
  • The Village was an honorary guest of the 2012 Paver Palooza event by Hanson Hardscapes, which featured the Municipal Center project and its Variable-Refrigerant AC system that is comprised of 31 different zones, each one with their own thermostat that can be controlled simultaneously or individually for maximum efficiency.
  • The building also has a Solar Water Heater where all water fixtures, including showers, are connected to a 100% solar water heater. Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the bicycle station generate power. 1 covered bicycle station features a see-through photovoltaic roof to power the water solar water heater, 2 car charging stations, and drip irrigation system.

Description

Established in 2002, the Village of Palmetto Bay sought to construct a Village Hall facility that would not only serve the needs of its residents and visitors, but one that was environmentally friendly. Led by the Vision of Mayor Eugene Flinn, the Village pursued the goal to be the first Village Hall facility in Florida to achieve Platinum LEED certification. Platinum LEED is the highest recognition a building can received.

Implementation Process

The Village of Palmetto Bay has its roots in a community that was one of many unincorporated bedroom subdivisions within the greater Miami area. A strong desire for localized governance resulted in the Village of Palmetto Bay’s incorporation in 2002. With incorporation came the need for a Village Hall to operate as the headquarters for governance and service delivery. The long-range planning for such a facility sought not only that it would be environmentally responsible, but also fiscally sustainable. Construction of a LEED certified facility was pursued to achieve both goals. As with all LEED certified facilities, Village Hall subjected itself to review by the US Green Building Council. An application for LEED certification is extensive with points being allocated as each objective is achieved. Certification is offered at several levels with the top award being platinum. Through its efforts, the Village achieved the Platinum Rating, thus becoming the first of such government facilities in South Florida.

Implementation Timeline

  • Site was acquired on April 10, 2009
  • Contract for Design-Build services was unanimously awarded by the Village Council on September 24, 2009. By contract, the design team was required the incorporation of LEED elements in the project design.
  • Project was registered with the US Green Building Council in early October 2009
  • Demolition began on October 29, 2009
  • A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on November 12, 2009, and was attended by County and Congressional Representatives
  • Shell permit was issued on January 25, 2010 for the first phase of construction.
  • Building was completed in December 2010, and all governmental departments were moved in by the end of that month.
  • Village Hall receives certification by the US Green Building Council as a LEED Platinum building in October 2012.

 

Project Funding

Construction of the Village Hall facility was funded through a variety of sources. The main funding source was a bond obtained by the Village, along with a “Village Hall Fund” account which had been previously established by the Council. Aware of the need for a Village Hall facility, the Council implemented a policy shortly after incorporation, which required a portion of the surplus or savings realized each year to be set aside for a future Village Hall. At the time of construction, the account had grown to $1,200,000. Funding received by our County Commissioner, Katy Sorenson, and a grant award from the US Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency Block Grant program also contributed to the building and site development costs. A breakdown of the funding sources for the construction of the building is provided below:

  • Bond Obligation- $1,559,280
  • Village Hall Fund- $1,200,000
  • Energy Efficiency Block Grant- $430,720
  • County Commissioners Line Item- $60,000
    • Total Building Construction Costs- $3,250,000

Community Benefits

Village Hall is capable of providing for its own electric generation, potable water, and brown water for utilization in irrigation. The result is lower operational costs and a smaller green footprint compared to other non-LEED certified facilities of equal size.