continued Other recent examples of LEED projects in the area include the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at SU, renovations to Hotel Skyler and a planned science facility at Lemoyne College, he said.
LEED certification operates on a point system, where meeting certain requirements gets a structure a certain number of points, said the project’s green consultant Charles Bertuch of Bergmann Associates. Beyond basic certification there is also silver, gold and platinum, which require more points. Destiny USA received gold.
The category of LEED certification given to Destiny USA is called “LEED for Core and Shell,” Bertuch said. Core and shell means that the “shell” of the building, the main structure, is certified first and the “core” or different stores inside the building get certified as they are ready to open.
Constructing the expansion by LEED standards did not lengthen the process, but it added expenses and challenges to the process such as acquiring and adapting to the use of recycled materials and bio-diesel, Bertuch said.
Destiny USA became the largest retail building in the country to become LEED Gold certified, Bertuch said. It is also the only shopping mall in the country that requires all its new tenants to have their space LEED certified before opening.
Though the building is already commissioned and LEED certified, the process is not complete. In addition to working with some of the tenants on their LEED certification, Bergmann Associates is also responsible for the enhanced commissioning of the building.
Enhanced commissioning is an inspection to take place six months after the completion of the expansion to verify that all the green initiatives put into place are operating correctly, Bertuch said.