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A gold certification for Ben Franklin Transit

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The US Green Building Council has awarded Ben Franklin Transit facilities a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

Both the award winning New Administration Building and the remodel of the existing administration building to a new Operations Building received the LEED Gold certification. 

On Thursday, August 9th, officials at Integrus Architecture, will present the certificates for each building as well as the AIA Design Award certificates at Ben Franklin Transit's board of directors meeting at 7:00 PM at 1000 Columbia Park Trail in Richland. 

LEED certification is achieved by submitting project design and construction information to the USGBC which rates the project based on energy efficiency, sustainable materials, water consumption and other factors that may impact the environment. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the sustainable features that are incorporated into the projects.
As a mass transit provider, Ben Franklin Transit's organization encourages and supports the environment quality. The new Administration Building provides additional flexible open office space for staff and administration.  A welcoming public entry and reception area  helps define a new front door for Ben Franklin Transit's campus.  Adjacent to this new public reception area is a large conference meeting room and public restrooms.  A staff break room provides a place for lunch and relaxing with a small kitchenette and outdoor patio area with views and privacy.  The new Administration Building recently received the Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects-Spokane Chapter Design Awards.

The Ben Franklin Transit achieved sustainable points in each of the six categories through a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community.  Some of these features include:

• Sustainable Sites
• A new building in an existing group facility setting, so it already has the adequate parking capacity
• A reflective, white, single-ply membrane, Energy Star rated roof for 100% of its new roof. 
• Water Efficiency
• Water savings plumbing fixtures were implemented, including low-flow sensor operated lavatory faucets, low-flow water closets and ultra low-flow urinals.
• Energy and Atmosphere 
• Variable air volume air handling units with DX cooling, hot water preheat coil and hot water reheat terminal boxes have been utilized for energy savings.
• Hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants (HFC's) with zero ozone depletion potential