Vegas arena scores in LEED ratings

Vegas arena scores in LEED ratings

T-Mobile Arena, a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue that will host the NHL expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Knights, already is proving to be a sustainability winner.

The arena, developed as part of a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. LEED is the preeminent rating system for design, construction & operation of high-performance green buildings.

"From inception through design, development and construction, MGM Resorts and AEG prioritized environmental sustainability at the T-Mobile Arena," said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International's senior vice president and chief sustainability officer.

MGM Resorts and AEG partnered to implement a comprehensive environmental sustainability program at the arena, taking into account all major aspects of the building's construction and operations. The arena was also planned with industry-leading acoustical design using a range of technical innovations that help deliver top-notch acoustics for event-goers.

Since its opening in April 2016, T-Mobile Arena has hosted more than 40 entertainers, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Coldplay and George Strait.

"Our experience shows that green building practices and sustainable operations are not only the right things to do, but also make business sense,” said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG. “T-Mobile Arena will be an industry leader in delivering top-quality entertainment while minimizing the venue's impact on the local and global environment."

Examples of environmental attributes of T-Mobile Arena that supported the LEED gold rating include:

  • Energy efficiency: To reduce energy consumption, high-efficiency LED (light emitting diode) lighting is used throughout the arena, and high efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are used in the restaurants. LEDs not only allow for less lighting-related energy to be used, but also result in a reduction of cooling energy required for the building.
  • Water conservation: An onsite well provides all of T-Mobile Arena's irrigation water, reducing the amount of water taken from the city's water supply. In addition, low flow fixtures have been installed throughout the facility, bringing the estimated water consumption to 40 percent below what is required by code.
  • Waste and recycling: 80 percent of construction waste was recycled and much of the facility was made with pre- and post-consumer-recycled material, including 7,000 pounds of recycled steel.


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Certifications, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Interiors, Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting, Sports and Recreation, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC, Ventilation, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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