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Dec 02, 2014

GRCC Project Attains LEED Silver Certification

GMB Architecture + Engineering Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

December 1, 2014 (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – GMB Architecture + Engineering (GMBae) is proud to announce that the new Park Plaza at Grand Rapids Community College has earned LEED® silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“I’m pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Silver designation with Grand Rapids Community College,” said Project Leader, Trent De Boer. “Working together, we met, and sometimes exceeded, the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation. The college wins by decreasing the cost of operation and ownership, and we all win due to the reduced impact on the environment.”

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like GMB Architecture + Engineering are addressing it through local solutions.”

LEED certification of Parks Plaza on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Design Innovation above LEED standards
  • Resourceful use of material resources
  • Reduced impact on the environment
  • Water use reduction and reduced burden on municipal water supply and waste water systems

ABOUT GMB
GMB Architecture + Engineering is multidisciplinary architecture and engineering design firm serving the higher education, healthcare, corporate, industrial, and K-12 education sectors. With nearly 50 years in business, GMBae prides itself on its creativity and service, helping each client improve and strengthen its business. GMB is based in Holland, Michigan with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

Media Inquiries:
Paula Woolley
Communications Director
GMB Architecture + Engineering
(616) 796-0200