Park District Earns State’s First LEED Certification for a Public Recreation Center
Carol Stream Park District Earns State’s
First LEED Certification for a Public Recreation Center
CAROL STREAM, IL – The Carol Stream Park District’s one year old Fountain View Recreation Center has been awarded LEED certification at the Silver level. It is the first public recreation center in Illinois to earn LEED certification. Architect Frank Parisi of Williams Architects in Itasca presented the official LEED plaque to park district board at the September 8 board meeting.
When Carol Stream Park District began to plan the new 90,000 square foot recreation center, the board envisioned a building that was environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and healthy for residents. The benefits of building green are multi-faceted. The more efficient building will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the building. Grants from DuPage County and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation helped to pay for storm water management features and energy efficient systems. Sustainable and site-sensitive construction, reduced chemicals and pollution, more natural light, and better air quality make this earth-friendly building a more comfortable, healthy place for people to play and work.
Fountain View Recreation Center earned the 2014 “Outstanding Facility and Parks Award” from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. It has also been nominated for the Illinois Association of Park Districts 2014 “Best of the Best Awards” for Best Green Practices.
- Plumbing Fixtures – Low flow faucets, shower heads and toilets will reduce water use by 31%.
- No Irrigation Needed – Hardy, drought tolerant plants are used throughout the landscape, eliminating the need for an irrigation system and supplemental watering.
- Water-Saving Pool Filtration – The indoor pools use regenerative media filter that reduces water use by 98% – saving about 195,000 gallons a year.
Energy & Atmosphere
- Energy Efficiency –
- Natural Light – Plentiful, floor-to-ceiling windows and light tubes in the ceiling reduce or eliminate use of electric lights during the day.
- Geothermal – heating and cooling system uses the natural temperature of the earth to save energy year round.
- Efficient Lights – LED lights are used in the parking lot, low-watt fluorescents and dual level switches in the building keep electricity use low.
- Extra Insulation – higher than required insulation is used in the walls and roof.
- Solar power – water heating system is used to supplement hot water heaters.
- Ozone Protection – Zero use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants in our heating, cooling and ventilation systems helps protect the ozone layer.
Materials & Resources
- Recycled Content – At least 16% of the materials used in the building are recycled. The structural steel, rebar, and trusses and joists are well over 50% post-consumer content. The concrete, ceiling tiles, running track have recycled content, too.
- Local Materials – At least 24% of the building materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of here.
- FSC Certified Wood –More than 50% of the wood in the building is from responsibly managed forests. The wood floors, doors, lockers, and decking on the walls is all FSC certified.
- Natural Flooring – linoleum, wood and ceramic tile cover 90% of the floor space.
- Recycling – paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, metals, and plastics are collected in special containers and recycled.
- Air Quality – CO2 sensors measure how much air people in the building are using. The system automatically brings more fresh air in as needed to achieve optimal oxygen levels. No smoking is allowed in or near the building ensuring air brought in is cleaner.
- UV Pool Disinfection – uses ¼ the chlorine of regular systems.
- Low-Emitting Materials – Special low-emitting paints, adhesives, flooring systems and wood products were used to help make the interior a healthier place to be.
- Comfortable Temperature – The building was specially designed with zoned HVAC to provide a comfortable temperature for varying activities.
- Natural Views – Natural daylight that pours in makes people feel happier even in winter months. The windowed walls offer inspiring views of the surrounding park. Looking at natural scenery has been shown to increase creativity and energy, and relieve stress.
Innovation in Design
- Educating the Public – Permanent signs, take-away brochures, and tours help inform people about the sustainable design features used in the building.
- Maximizing Open Space – The footprint of the building was minimized. The site has more than 25% more open space than required by local zoning.
- Construction Waste Management – 75% of all construction waste was recycled or salvaged for use in other buildings.
- Encouraging Alternative Transportation – Bike racks and shower facilities, location on highly-used paved trail system, and special parking for low emitting & fuel-efficient vehicles, and charging stations for electric cars (the first in our community) encourage drivers to reduce use of fossil fuels.
- Storm Water Quality – Permeable pavers in the parking lot and walks, bio-swales, and stone infiltration remove 83% of suspended solids from rainwater. This helps keep pollution and silt out of waterways.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. http://www.usgbc.org/leed
Fountain View Recreation Center is located at 910 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL. The center is open seven days a week and houses two pools, an indoor track, fitness center, two group exercise rooms, a multi-court gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms. Its grand opening was held September 7, 2013.
From left to right: Park Board Commissioners Dan Bird, Brenda Gramann and Jackie Jeffrey; from Williams Architects, Stacy Snapp and Frank Parisi, holding award with Park Board President Tim Powers; behind Powers is Park Board Vice President Wynn Ullman, and furthest right is Commissioner Brian Sokolowski.
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