It looks like the ShoWare Center, home to the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, will be the first arena to be awarded LEED certification for new construction, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The arena opened on January 2.
The arena’s owners are still waiting to hear back from the U.S. Green Building Council about certification, but barring any unforeseen problems, they’ll become the first new arena to qualify under its sustainable building rating system, according to the article. Other arenas currently under construction – such as the new Orland Magic facility – have also applied for LEED certification, but they can’t be approved until they are completed and open.
ShoWare Center designer LMB, builder Mortenson and consultant Paladino & Co. say that the arena exceeds the 26 points that are required for LEED certification. They say that the center easily falls into the higher silver level and may even achieve a gold level certification.
The arena cost about $84 million to build and seats some 6,100 fans. Other facilities that have recently been LEED certified include Second Line Stages Studios, the Dell Children’s Hospital, and AMD’s facility in Lone Star.