The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center has been formally awarded LEED Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is an acronym for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design". The Quincy Kroc Center received 36 points for its environmentally conscious 98,000 sq. ft. facility. The Kroc Center is one of just a few such facilities in the Quincy area, and it is certainly one of the most impressive. The facility was designed by Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (Denver, CO) and Architechnics, Inc. (Quincy, IL) with LEED consulting work provided by Group 14 Engineering Services (Denver, CO).
The LEED Green Building Rating System is viewed as a vital resource for the development of environmentally sound, energy efficient facilities. Green buildings boast lower operating costs, increase asset value, offer a healthier place to live and work while lowering the overall impact on the environment. Highlights of the Kroc Center’s green initiatives include: extreme water savings through low-flow fixtures, native landscaping and an innovative pool filtration system; use of sustainably harvested and manufactured goods; high indoor environmental quality due to low VOC paints, adhesive and sealants; and efficient systematic controls like occupancy and light sensors.
The Kroc Center’s Operation Director, Chad Rodgers commented that “The Salvation Army is committed to enhancing the community in which we serve, whether it is through our services, our programs, and in this case, our facility. The Kroc Center is a shining example of a ‘green’ and extremely functional facility which benefits the community at large in many different ways.”
To educate members and visitors about the Kroc Center’s LEED certification, signage has been posted throughout the building providing quick “Did You Know” items which point out the facility’s unique LEED features. Rodgers stated the signage was important to ensure people understand the importance and the meaning behind LEED certification. For more information about LEED certification and the United States Green Building Council, please visit www.usgbc.org