Train station recognized with LEED certification

The new John D. Dingell Transit Center in Dearborn, Michigan, has earned a prestigious silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its environmentally friendly building components.

The silver certification was awarded under LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — guidelines, according to the Dearborn Patch website. LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring a building’s sustainability.

The city of Dearborn owns the transit center, and Amtrak operates the station. It was built with $28.2 million in federal funds and opened in December 2014.

Among the elements qualifying the 16,000-square-foot building for silver certification is a metal roof, energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and storm water management features.

The parking lot includes charging stations for electrical vehicles.

The silver certification comes on top of other honors bestowed on the building in 2015. It earned an honorable mention from UM/ULI Real Estate Forum under its 2015 Development/Redevelopment Award. Also, the Construction Association of Michigan named the transit center as one of the state’s 12 most important projects of the year.


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