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Ballroom receives certificate for ‘green’ achievement

The Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention was notified last spring it had received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating, and it will now receive the certificate.

Drew Rimmer, chairman of the Kansas City Chapter of the U.S Green Building Council, will present the award at a ceremony Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. in the lobby off the Ballroom’s main entrance at 15th and Wyandotte streets.

City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen will join 2nd District Councilmen Russ Johnson and Ed Ford and 4th District Councilwoman Jan Marcason at the event.

The Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom obtained LEED certification by incorporating a number of “green” solutions, including skylights, large glass walls with overhangs, sunscreens and operable interior shades to maximize natural daylight in the space. The 46,000-square-foot ballroom was constructed with environmentally friendly building materials, including more than 20 percent recycled content. In addition, 75 percent of construction waste was kept out of landfills through recycling, and the building uses 30 percent less water.

The LEED program establishes criteria for sustainability in a number of different ways such as water and energy efficiency, emissions, materials and air quality. LEED certified projects are judged by an objective third party.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Deanna Nelson, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2757.

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