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Washington PUD - LEED Platinum Headquarters

This distinctive building makes a clear statement of Washington PUD's leadership in water and energy conservation. It also exemplifies excellent sustainable design practices, classic architecture, and superb design-build teamwork.
Washington PUD - LEED Platinum Headquarters

Location

212 Union Ave. SE Olympia, WA 98501

Mountain Construction

This distinctive building makes a clear statement of Washington PUD's leadership in water and energy conservation. It also exemplifies excellent sustainable design practices, classic architecture, and superb design-build teamwork.

WPUDA LogoThis is the first LEED Platinum building in Washington State, and with 160 solar panels, it's the largest solar array in the South Sound. But that’s not all, there are green fixtures throughout the design including natural light for every workspace, super energy efficient windows, low-VOC finishes and flooring, no CFC, HCFC or Halons in HVAC System, and 80% of the materials are from within 500 miles of Olympia.

Selected Building Features:

  • Solar power:  159 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, (34kw total capacity), are projected to generate 50% of the building’s power requirements.

    WA PUD Association HQ

  • Glass: LoĒ³-366 glass blocks solar heat and 95% of harmful UV rays without darkening like tinted glass.
  • Water: The plaza water feature is fed by rainwater. Like a natural stream, it will be allowed to go dry in the summer.  And landscaping is not irrigated.
  • Heat Island reduction: Cool Roof technology limits heat absorption and heat build-up to reduce smog.
  • Natural light: Design, glass & skylights provide natural light to 90% of workspaces.
  • No off-gassing. Carpet, paint and other materials were selected to eliminate harmful chemical gases in areas where people work.
  • Heating/Cooling: Ultra high efficient HVAC system with no ozone-depleting refrigerants, and high MIRV-13 air filtration and operable windows for healthy air.

 

Selected Green Building Achievements

  • 50% Renewable energy.
  • 52% Reduction in generated wastewater.
  • 61% Reduction in potable water use.
  • 69% Energy optimization.
  • 89% Construction waste diverted from landfills.
  • 17% Recycled content of construction materials.
  • 71% FSC certified wood.
  • 59% Materials manufactured locally, and of those, 62% harvested locally.
  • 90% Work areas with natural daylight.
  • 100% Work areas with outside view.

 

Why Build Green

  • Reduce environmental impacts of construction & operation of buildings.
  • Lower operating cost
  • Improved human health, comfort & productivity
  • Market demand from tenants and buyers
  • Incentives: tax, rebate and zoning (some jurisdictions).

 

Dedicated October 17, 2007
LEED® PLATINUM
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING

The headquarters of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA), was the first new building in Washington rated LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Fast Building Facts:

  • Location: 212 Union Ave NE; Olympia, WA
  • Construction: 2-story wood framed office with steel and masonry structural elements, over below-grade concrete parking garage.
  • Site area (sq. ft./ acres) 10,828 / 0.25
  • Floor areas (sq. ft.)
  • Parking garage: 8,952
  • 1st Floor (Lease suites) 5,310
  • 2nd Floor (WPUDA suite) 5,946
  • Total 20,208
  • Onsite parking (stalls) 20
Washington PUD - LEED Platinum Headquarters
Plaza Water Feature - fed by rainwater, dry in summer
Washington PUD - LEED Platinum Headquarters
160 Solar Panels generate 50% of energy requirements
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