COLUMBIA — Fire Station No. 9, the city's newest fire station, has received the second-highest possible rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally friendly design, the Public Works Department announced Wednesday in a release.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating, commonly known as a LEED rating, is used as a standard for judging a building's energy and resource efficiency. The four levels of rating are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The fire station was awarded a Gold rating.
The station's construction involved several waste-reducing features:
- Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber.
- Recycled construction waste.
- An on-site rain garden.
- Used recycled content for flooring and siding.
- Paint with low levels of volatile organic compounds.
The station was designed and built with LEED guidelines in mind, according to the Public Works Department release. The building was completed in 2009.
Three other buildings in Columbia have been LEED certified:
The new City Hall and Fire Station No. 7 are awaiting possible LEED certification.