Memphis site world's largest LEED platinum building for historic adaptive reuse

Memphis site world's largest LEED platinum building for historic adaptive reuse

Photo courtesy of Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tenn., has become the world's largest building to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for historic adaptive reuse, according to the Memphis architecture firm that worked on the project.

The former Sears distribution center of 1.5 million square feet officially reopened in August after being renovated as a 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use development, reports the Commercial Appeal.

“Through extensive research regarding Crosstown Concourse’s size and scope, we believe this correctly qualifies the title as the largest historic adaptive reuse LEED Building Design + Construction Platinum project in the world,” Tony Pellicciotti said in a press release. He is a principal at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) architects.

“We believe inherently in sustainable design at the highest level, no matter the scorecard. Every single collaborative decision we made stemmed from our innate goal to advance the mission of this transformative project.”

The developers and architects achieved sustainability with conventional technologies instead of "sexier'' and more expensive means such as massive solar-panel arrays and windmills, Pellicciotti said.

"It starts with the whole concept of reusing the building,'' he said. "Everything about the site is sustainable starting from the density. Hard to argue about the density of Crosstown,'' he said, referring to the 267 residential apartments, about 40 commercial and nonprofit tenants that include a high school, stores and restaurants. 

Recycling was a major contributor to Crosstown's achievement. "We recycled more than 65 million pounds of material,'' Pellicciotti said. "Of all the waste that was created during demolition and construction, we were able to recycle 94 percent.''

For example, tons of concrete were removed in carving out sections of the building to create large atriums. The rubble was crushed and reused as base material for road building, he said.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Mixed Use Communities/Developments & Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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