Wabash Station receives environmental award for renovations

Friday, June 20, 2008 | 7:32 p.m. CDT; updated 11:25 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Wabash Station received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification award for its $3.5 million renovation project completed last October. The award, which the city announced Friday, is given by the United States Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that works to promote environmentally friendly buildings.

LEED is “the leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings,” according to a news release from the city’s Public Works Department.

Public Works spokeswoman Jill Stedem said this is the first city building in Columbia to receive a LEED award. However,the city is expanding the east side of the Daniel Boone City Building, which it hopes will also earn LEED certification.

Environmentally friendly renovations to Wabash Station include reducing the restroom fixtures to one-gallon tanks, replacing concrete outside with planting areas and installing bike racks to promote the use of alternative transportation.

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