Airport Operations Center Earns LEED Silver

The Airport Operations Center at Scottsdale Airport is the hub for monitoring daily operations, like safety, security and maintenance of the airfield. This building is a state-of-the-art facility and also environmentally friendly. 

Ops Center bldgThe total cost for the project was $4.9 million.

Most new city buildings are required to be built to LEED Gold standards per Section 2 of Resolution No. 6644. Unfortunately, during the design, staff and the architects were only able to achieve LEED Silver standards mainly because of the inability to install solar panels due to the possibility of glare or reflection to pilots flying into or out of the airport.

The U.S. Green Building Council recognized the City of Scottsdale’s Airport Operations Center, 15255 N. Airport Dr, with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. The award recognizes the Airport Operations Center project for its sustainable, green building qualities.  

Ops Center inside“We are proud of achieving this certification,” says Gary P. Mascaro. “Not only is it a modern and sleek building, but it was designed to meet this high level of sustainable standards.”

The Scottsdale Airport Operations Center is a new, two-story 10,000 SF building. It is a steel-framed building with a rusted steel panel façade and bonderized metal siding. The center opened for business last summer. 

The project employed many sustainable strategies including:
Parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles
Bicycle racks 
Daylighting for interior spaces
Roofing does not contribute to heat island effect
Low-flow plumbing fixtures
No CFC based refrigerants
Building materials that were sourced locally were given preference
Building materials with a high recycled content were given preference
Materials and products with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) were used in the interior

Ext front of bldgIt was designed to conserve resources and reduce energy consumption. 

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.There are four demanding levels of certification (from lowest to highest): Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  

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