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08/20/2010

Coyote Ridge is First Prison of Its Kind

This correctional facility received LEED Gold and will save $370,000 per year on energy costs

 
Coyote Ridge is First Prison of Its Kind

The Coyote Ridge Correction Center in Connell, WA has become the first prison campus to receive LEED Gold certification. The $230 million expansion of the facility was completed in 2008 after the state Legislature mandated that the facility comply with LEED Silver standards.

“We did better than we hoped,” says David Jansen, the Department of Corrections capital programs administrator.

Low-pressure water fixtures such as 1.1 gallons-per-flush toilets and 1.5 gallons-per-minute showers have also helped to reduce overall water use by 32%. This amounts to roughly 20 million gallons saved per year and 70 million fewer gallons in sewage annually. A 16,929-square-foot photovoltaic solar panel system has generated over 116 MWh for the facility as well.

The prison features 46% recycled building materials and 45% of the materials used coming from local sources. Likewise, during its construction, 27,340 tons of excess construction material removed from the site was recycled, reducing its landfill impact by a staggering 96%.

From all of its sustainable updates, the facility will have a predicted energy-reduction use of 32%, which will save the facility an estimated $370,000 per year. “Sustainable buildings save money, which is important now when resources are becoming scarce,” says Eldon Vail, Secretary for the Department of Corrections.

With virtually no increase in construction costs to achieve LEED Gold certification and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings predicted each year, Coyote Ridge’s achievements in sustainability will set the standard for future construction and renovation of correctional facilities.

 


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Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


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We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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