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Union Station gets LEED certification


Denver Union Station has been awarded LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Union Station earned points for implementing a variety of green initiatives, including:
 
  • Development density and community connectivity
  • Building reuse -- more than 90 percent of the historic building's existing structural elements were reused, including the original floors, walls and roof
  • Providing easy access to public transportation, including the Regional Transportation District's new University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport and B Line to Westminster
  • Diverting more than 50 percent of construction waste from landfills
  • Using low-emitting paints and flooring materials
  • Using regionally manufactured materials whenever possible
  • Remediating asbestos contamination

"The Union Station Alliance was dedicated to redeveloping this historic gem of a building in as an environmentally friendly manner as possible," says Ferd Belz, a partner in Denver Union Station. "We're continuing to roll out exciting new green programs like the rooftop urban beekeeping initiative and the Clear Intentions Glass Valet recycling program."

Earlier this summer, Denver Union Station unveiled an urban beekeeping program on its roof, with four hives holding more than 30,000 honeybees. Restaurant and retail outlets within the station plan to incorporate the harvested honey into their food and drink offerings later this summer.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

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Margaret is a veteran Denver real estate reporter and can be contacted here.
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