"Green" UF Athletics Facility Receives Special Recognition
One of UF's new athletics facilities received some recognition that no other building in the state has ever received.
The Heavener Complex received platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
That's the highest ranking available.
It's the first building in the state to go platinum and the first athletic facility in the nation to do so.
There are only 130 platinum-rated buildings in the world.
Energy-saving features that led to the rating include the glass used throughout the complex, which reflects the sun's rays.
Downstairs in the mechanical room are some of the systems used to run the energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.
Other interesting features in the complex include the floors of the strength and conditioning complex – the rubber used is taken from recycled tires.
Members of the university facilities community say the ranking sends an important message about UF's commitment to sustainability.
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