Community center gets LEED certification

The 58,000-sf expansion of the East Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community Center involved the complete reconstruction of the existing city hall and library facilities. The two buildings, located on scenic Reeds Lake, were combined into one large, LEED-certified facility.

Approximately 8,000 sf of Petersen Tite-Loc Plus Panels finished in zinc and terra cotta were utilized. Photovoltaics were installed on the roof after construction was complete. Design for the project was provided by Cox Medendorp Olson Architects, Grand Rapids.

“It was determined early on to go with a standing-seam metal roof because of the need for low maintenance and the desire to blend with metal wall components,” said Bill Rapson, LEED coordinator on the project with Cox Medendorp Olson. “We took the compound slope out of the existing roof and designed a single-slope mansard that creates a nice, cohesive look for the complex. The city fathers are really happy with the outcome. The center has become somewhat of a gathering place for the community.”

The $9.4 million, LEED-certified facility received the 2007 Outstanding Facility Design Award from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association.

The panels were installed by Metal Tech Building Specialties. The general contractor on the project was Triangle Associates. Both firms are based in Grand Rapids.

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