Kentucky scores with stadium renovation

Kentucky scores with stadium renovation

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Kroger Field, home of the University of Kentucky football team, has become the first venue for any sport in the Southeastern Conference to earn LEED certification.

The stadium received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver for its high environmental performance and sustainable and innovative design, according to Climate Action.

LEED is a rating system developed by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“In both the design and construction process, we were committed to transforming the long-time home of Kentucky football in a way that would be sustainable for years to come,” Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “We are proud Kroger Field has joined exclusive company in becoming LEED-certified for exactly that reason and thankful for the work of our partners in the renovation.”

The renovation and expansion of the old Commonwealth Stadium was commissioned by the University of Kentucky in 2013 and completed in 2015 after a $126 million renovation.

The stadium has implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aiming to achieve high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Some 67 percent of the old infrastructure was reused to minimize construction waste and the need to manufacture and transport new materials.

Low-flow water fixtures are saving approximately 204,000 gallons of water annually.

In addition, the stadium achieves more than 30 percent energy savings in comparison to a typical stadium.

All the sustainability features result in 694 metric tons less of greenhouse gasses every year — equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 75 homes.


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