Village Hall LEED Platinum Certified Facility
I congratulate the residents of Palmetto Bay who have financed this cutting-edge green complex with their hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The important green rating it has attained is the result of the hard work involved in the building’s design and construction. The need for energy efficiency grows larger every day with growing threats to global energy supplies. Palmetto Bay could very well be the example that prompts other municipalities throughout the nation to follow their lead in green energy efficiency.Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Established in 2002, the Village of Palmetto Bay sought to construct a village hall facility that would serve the needs of its residents and visitors while being environmentally friendly. Led by the vision of Mayor Eugene Flinn, the village pursued the goal to build the first village hall facility in Florida to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest recognition a building can receive for energy and environmental design.
The Village of Palmetto Bay has its roots in a community that was one of many unincorporated subdivisions within the greater Miami area. A strong desire for localized governance resulted in the Village of Palmetto Bay’s incorporation in 2002. With incorporation came the need for a village hall to operate as the headquarters for governance and service delivery. The long-range planning for such a facility sought not only that it would be environmentally responsible, but also fiscally sustainable. Construction of a LEED certified facility was pursued to achieve both goals. As with all LEED certified facilities, the village hall subjected itself to review by the U.S. Green Building Council. An application for LEED certification is extensive, with points being allocated as each objective is achieved. Certification is offered at several levels with the top award being LEED Platinum. Through its efforts, the village achieved the platinum rating, becoming the first of such government facilities to do so in South Florida.
The site was acquired on April 10, 2009, and the contract for design-build services was unanimously awarded by the village council on September 24, 2009. By contract, the design team was required to incorporate LEED elements in the project design. The project was registered with the U.S. Green Building Council in early October 2009.
Demolition began on October 29, 2009, and a groundbreaking ceremony attended by county and congressional representatives was held on November 12, 2009. The shell permit was issued on January 25, 2010 for the first phase of construction, which was completed in December 2010, and all governmental departments were moved in by the end of that month. The hall received certification by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Platinum building in October 2012.
Construction of the village hall facility was funded through a variety of sources. The main funding source was a bond obtained by the village, along with a Village Hall Fund which had been previously established by the council. Aware of the need for a village hall facility, the council implemented a policy shortly after incorporation that required a portion of the surplus or savings realized each year to be set aside for a future village hall. At the time of construction, the account had grown to $1.2 million. Funding received by County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, combined with a grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency Block Grant program, also contributed to the building and site development costs.
Funding sources for construction costs, which totaled $3,250,00, included:
- Bond Obligation- $1,559,280
- Village Hall Fund- $1,200,000
- Energy Efficiency Block Grant- $430,720
- County Commissioners Line Item- $60,000
Village hall is capable of providing for its own electric generation, potable water, and brown water for utilization in irrigation. The result is lower operational costs and a smaller green footprint compared to other non-LEED certified facilities of equal size.