The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) in Arkansas has announced that the Robinson Center in Little Rock has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The center is undergoing renovation, restoration and expansion.
“We are very excited to achieve LEED Gold certification and believe that this rating demonstrates the commitment of our team of owner’s representatives, architects, engineers and construction professionals that have worked on this project,” says Gretchen Hall, LRCVB president and CEO.
LEED certification highlights include:
- using 39 percent of recycled materials during renovation;
- using 57 percent regional building materials;
- reducing energy use by 32 percent; and
- reducing water use by 37 percent
The exterior envelope of the original historic building has been restored and continues to be the primary south entrance of the performance hall, in addition to various area of original brickwork now being exposed inside a new conference center addition.
LRCVB has made a 2-year commitment to purchase 70 percent of the building power from renewable power sources. The bureau also has established a sustainable purchasing program for evaluating all future Robinson center purchases of goods and supplies.
“The design team is thrilled to be part of a sustainable story that started with a monumental decision by the city of Little Rock to reinvest in the Robinson Center and is now manifested in a LEED Gold rating,” David Porter, principal, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock, says. “It’s a testimony to a community that values historic architecture and has the vision to reimagine it in new ways for future generations.”