Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:00 am
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today that the Broken Arrow Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) has received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating. The LEED is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability and is mandated for use by the Army. Achieving this certification is the best way to demonstrate that your building is truly "green".
With the LEED Gold Certification of the Broken Arrow AFRC, the Oklahoma Army National Guard has now achieved 100% LEED Certification on all of their 2005 BRAC projects.
In addition to the Broken Arrow AFRC, the Norman and Mustang AFRCs also received LEED Gold Certification, and the Muskogee AFRC achieved LEED Silver Certification.
The Oklahoma Army National Guard's Engineering Directorate attributes this 100% LEED Certification to the use of the Design-Build construction delivery method.
"During the Design-Build portion of the competitive selection process each prospective builder was required to achieve a minimum standard of LEED Silver in their designs," said Col. Curtis Arnold, director of engineering for the Oklahoma National Guard. "Several of the designs exceeded the LEED Silver standard at no additional cost to the taxpayer. As a result, our new AFRCs are among the largest and most energy efficient National Guard facilities in the nation."
During 2011, the Oklahoma Army National Guard saw the completion of the most significant period of new facility construction since the armory building boom that occurred under the Works Progress Administration in the 1930's. Since 2005, the Oklahoma National Guard closed and disposed of a total of 50 aging and obsolete armories, many in use for more than 60 years. The antiquated armories were replaced with seven new AFRCs, four of which were contracted and overseen by the Oklahoma Army National Guard and three that were contracted and overseen by the Army Reserve.
The construction of these facilities gives Oklahoma's National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers modern, state-of-the-art facilities in which they can train on and sustain their war fighting skills, thus delivering combat ready units that can respond to both the State and national requirements.
To learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, visit their website at: http://new.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems.
Public information from The Oklahoma National Guard