PortMiami Achieves LEED Silver

Sat, 2013-09-21 00:02

Terminal D at PortMiami recently celebrated its achievement of LEED Silver Certification. The project was a major renovation and was a finalist for Most Outstanding Public LEED New Construction Project at the GalaVerde 2013 Awards, USGBC South Florida’s annual fundraiser and awards event.

Here are a few of the key innovations that contributed to the Terminal D at PortMiami’s Silver LEED certification:

  • Exterior metal cladding was reused decoratively inside the building’s Mezzanine, helping this project earn points for Materials Reuse.
  • Additional points were achieved in part through the use of low VOC, high recycled content floor tiles from Centiva, to improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the building’s occupants.
  • 89% of energy was purchased from a clean source.
  • Shuttle service to two area airports (Miami and Ft. Lauderdale) and proximity to other transportation choices helped this project pick up six points under Public Transportation Access.
  • 95.4% of on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • ASHRAE energy requirements were exceeded by 15%.

Miami-Dade County originally targeted “Certified” level. After feedback from the building’s tenant, Carnival Cruise Lines, a simplified design was drawn up and the project timeline tightened. Project Administrator and LEED Project Manager, Mayra Cohen-Mora of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners assembled a team of experienced LEED practitioners to make this project a success. South Florida LEED expert, Olga Alvarez and Mike Hess of EXP were instrumental in this process. Olga and B&A handled all of the LEED documentation for the project. Energy modeling and commissioning services were handled by Mike Hess, Amy Pastor, and Greg Romanczyk of EXP. The General Contractor was Miami's own MCM construction, represented by Ruben Bravo.

It was only through the team’s vast LEED experience that they were able to complete this project on a tight timeline while being able to pinpoint further opportunities for additional LEED points to reach LEED Silver certification.

Port Director, Bill Johnson, had this to say about the project, “We are committed, fully committed, at our port to being not only sustainable but to be one of the leading ports in America, and globally, in terms of moving this port forward in a responsible way so that the residents of our community and the visitors who come here to take a cruise, or to take a holiday, know that PortMiami is committed to the environment, to Biscayne bay, to the air, to the water, and to everything that surrounds us.”

It was truly an honor and privilege for Everblue Senior Educator, Greg Hamra, to be asked by Miami-Dade County (one of Everblue's most influential clients) to award the Silver LEED Certification plaque to Port Director, Bill Johnson, along with USGBC Board Member, Stephen Chang of Moss Construction. It is through the dedication and commitment of leaders like these, with vast experience and education in LEED green building, that innovative, sustainable projects come to fruition. For more information on LEED training, visit Everblue’s website or call (800) 460-2575.

By Amy Malloy