Good job! Bacardi/Am HQ Awarded LEED Green Building Certification
on 31/03/11 at 9:39 amIndustry
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., the U.S. distribution and marketing arm of one of the world’s leading wine and spirits producers, announced today its Bacardi Americas Headquarters in Coral Gables, Fla. has earned Gold Certification in Commercial Interiors (CI) from the U.S. Green Building Council’s ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED).
The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates the global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of ratings systems that recognize projects which implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The program scores projects based on LEED credits that can be earned in eight environmental categories and awards four levels of certification: Certified (21-26 credits), Silver Rating (27-31 credits), Gold Rating (32-41 credits) and Platinum (41+ credits).
The Bacardi Americas Headquarters, occupying 207,630 sq. ft. of office space in a fifteen-story, Mediterranean-styled building located at 2701 Le Jeune Road (corners of Le Jeune Road and Almeria Avenue), received a total of 36 LEED credits in five environmental categories defined by LEED including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.
LEED Gold-CI Certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Water use reduction
- Optimized energy performance
- Indoor environmental air quality
- Heat island reduction
- Development density and community
- Availability of alternative transportation
- Construction waste management
- Innovation in design
“We made it a priority to create a high-performance, environmentally responsible office environment for our employees and the community,” said John Esposito, president and CEO, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. “It’s tremendously satisfying we’ve accomplished that, surpassing our aspirations by achieving Gold LEED status and creating a sustainable workplace that will benefit our surroundings for years to come.”
The building houses more than 300 employees of the Bacardi Americas region, including Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., Bacardi Latin America and Bacardi Americas Travel Retail.
In addition to LEED aspects, the building is equipped with the latest IT infrastructure which delivers faster access to information, supports global communications, and fosters better collaboration. These include voice over IP telephone calls, faster access to Internet-based services, collaboration tools, and rich media intranets, among others.
The headquarters also has one of four global company Telepresence suites which use high-definition video and audio for groups to meet and collaborate in multiple locations worldwide in real-time. The Telepresence capability improves ease and security of collaboration internally and externally with suppliers, partners and customers. Other benefits include reduced corporate travel and a smaller carbon footprint.