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Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building Earns Distinguished Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Rating

October 22, 2015

BOSTON -- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced a five-year renovation of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor, Maine has earned the facility a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating – the first ever in GSA’s New England Region.

“The transformation from a 1960’s - inefficient government building to a high performance - green building has been extraordinary,” said Bob Zarnetske, GSA Regional Administrator for New England. “Creating smart and sustainable buildings is a top priority for GSA while saving taxpayer dollars without negatively impacting the environment.”

About the MC Smith Federal Building

  • Built in 1967, the facility underwent a major ARRA funded renovation of all its energy systems and components to make it a more modernized, sustainable building.
  • 188,000-square-foot facility
  • Received new high performance green building features including a geothermal HVAC system, a photovoltaic system, a micro turbine, rain water harvesting system, low-energy lighting, high-efficiency windows, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.
  • Because of these upgrades, M.C. Smith received a total of 80 points, which qualified it for the LEED platinum rating.

About LEED

  • LEED performance credit system aims to allocate points based on the potential environmental impacts and human benefits of each credit.
  • Under the LEED system there are 110 possible base points across six different categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design.
  • Just below the platinum rating is gold and silver.

In 2010, another GSA New England facility , the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse in Boston, received gold for new construction. The building was re-certified last fiscal year and continues to maintain that gold standard for operations and maintenance.

Additionally, the Hastings Keith Federal Building in New Bedford, Mass. became LEED certified in 2015. These three federal buildings join the 15 other LEED certified GSA-owned facilities in Region 1 in becoming sustainable and green.

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