Larson & Darby project awarded LEED Gold certification
Heddington Oaks, a $36.5 million, 214-bed senior care facility in Peoria, Illinois, was recently recognized with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Heddington Oaks is a state-of-the-art skilled care home that provides a unique living space for its residents. Through a collaboration of Peoria County and an Integrated Project Delivery team, the facility was constructed with sustainability and cost control as key components. A critical component of the design included implementing as many LEED features as possible.
“It is always extremely important that we incorporate as many energy efficient design elements as possible in any project we do,” said Richard McClelland, principal and senior living and health care architect with Larson & Darby. “We are beyond pleased that we were able to work so well with the county and the entire design team to achieve LEED Gold for this project.”
LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green building. The certificate is established by the USGBC and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The Heddington Oaks certification was announced in August 2014, adding the 154,000-square feet building to the nearly 3.3 billion square feet of building space in the United States that are LEED-certified.
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman, U.S. Green Building Council. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Larson & Darby Group demonstrates their leadership through the LEED certification of Heddington Oaks.”
LEED certification of Heddington Oaks was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include the usage of the following:
• Fire-proofed steel;
• Brick and fiberboard siding on steel studs;
• Asphalt shingles and single-ply roofing;
• VAV with energy recovery; and
• Boiler system for reheat.
Founded more than 50 years ago, Larson & Darby is an award-winning, full-service architectural, engineering, interiors and technology design firm located in Rockford. For more information, visit www.larsondarby.com.
From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue