(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates is pleased to announce that the newest 17,500 s.f. Goodwill building, located at The Crossings at Godley Station in Pooler, Ga., has received LEED certification for its energy-efficiency. Designed and constructed by Felder & Associates, a leader in green architecture and design, this is the first building in the organization’s history to achieve the LEED certification. It is considered a flagship structure for the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed.
“We were honored to work on such a rewarding project,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal. “The building has a full-scale retail center, community training center and donation drop-off center.“
The design also includes many energy efficient systems and materials including recycled steel, polished concrete flooring, low SRI (solar heat reflective) roofing, water efficient plumbing fixtures, maximum daylighting and low-emitting materials.
Michael Winckler, the CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire said, “Goodwill is a national leader in the recycling movement and we take pride in being a green innovator. Projects like this demonstrate our commitment to being a responsible social enterprise and create a positive impact on our community.”
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
MORE ABOUT LEED CERTIFICATION
LEED is the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe. This certification program for buildings, homes and communities guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance. Today, more than 54,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 10.1 billion square feet of construction space. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the program, is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations and volunteers. USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/leed.
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building, and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received an historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
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