|The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce broke ground on its new headquarters on April 11, 2007 at 101 Third Street at Heritage Square, a landmark site in downtown Waco. The new green-designed building is the first in a proposed three-block, $60-million mixed-use development downtown and will house the staff and committees of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and function as a marketing center for the region. The Chamber/Foundation building has been designed to qualify for LEED? Certification by the U.S.Green Building Council at the Gold level with 46 points, and is expected to become the first LEED certified building in Waco and have the first greenroof in central Texas. The building is expected to be completed within one year.|
|According to a Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce press release of 4.9.07 (see below), "Most of the energy and environmental attributes of the building will not be visible to building visitors including an underground cistern that will collect and enable the management of storm water from the site; the heating and air conditioning system which will consume 30 percent less energy consumption than standard buildings; low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet and composite wood; use of local/regional materials and certified wood. During construction, 75 percent of construction waste will be recycled. Day lighting will be available for 75 percent of spaces and exterior views will be available from almost every work space. Among the water-efficiency measures taken are waterless urinals. The building also includes a shower and changing room to enable employees to ride bicycles to work.|
"One highly visible environmental feature is the 1,400-square-foot garden roof over the conference space, which will be seen from the second floor giving staff an opportunity to tell the story of the building to visitors. It is projected that the garden roof could retain 50 to 90 percent of typical rainfall on the roof."
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|Download the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce press release of 4.9.07 here, and the Waco Chamber & Business Quarterly, Fall '06 here. See the KCEN-TV report City of Waco getting the first ?Green Roof? in Central Texas of May 21, 2007, where you can also download a video.|
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