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460th Security Forces Squadron Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

The 460th Security Forces Squadron Facility was awarded LEED Silver Certification under LEED-NC v2009 by scoring 52 points for energy use, lighting, water, and material use and for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. Energy conservation was a major contributor to earning the LEED® certification. The building’s energy systems do not use ozone-depleting refrigerants, consume about 26% less energy and 40% less water, and have lower operating costs than that of a similar building constructed to code. The mechanical system also incorporates a geothermal loop.

A large effort was made to utilize materials with recycled content, as well as those that were made locally within the region. Many of the wood products used on the project were certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to encourage responsible forest management. Low-emitting paints, coatings, and adhesives were chosen to reduce indoor contaminants that are odorous, irritating, or harmful to occupants, thus ensuring healthy, clean indoor air quality. The team also incorporated strategies to minimize heat island effect, which included using roof and hardscape materials that reflect solar heat and shade from tree canopies.

Roche implemented a construction waste management plan, and an estimated 75% of the construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill. In addition, construction activity pollution prevention programs were utilized to reduce pollution from construction activities on the project’s interior and exterior. This included indoor air quality management strategies during construction and controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation, and airborne dust generation outside. The project team maximized open space and conserved existing natural areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.


Safeway Store No. 2999, Bozeman, MT

Safeway Store No. 2999 has been awarded LEED Silver certification under LEED V3 Retail. Sustainable practices started early in the project when Roche began demolition work on the previous structure and diverted 90% of the demolition waste from the landfill. Even though the new store is 38% larger than the existing store, it uses approximately 50% less energy.

The design by MulvannyG2 Architecture also helped achieve a number of environmentally-friendly construction and energy-efficient features, including appropriate and sustainable landscape, water consumption reduction in its store design standards, unique refrigeration techniques, preferred parking for carpool vehicles, and building material reuse and recycling. The sustainable construction details include:

  • 87.6% of the construction waste, by weight, was diverted from the landfill.
  • 28.64% of the total building material content, by value, has been manufactured by using recycled materials.
  • 49.13% of the total building material content, by value, was harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. This also earned an exemplary performance point.
  • Exterior signs are lit with LED lights, and interior lights also are energy efficient and managed with a system that turns off lights in spaces not being used.
  • All paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring, ceilings, and wall systems meet strict standards for indoor air quality and low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Safeway Store No. 2999 Core & Shell Building, Bozeman, MT

The Safeway Core and Shell Building, also design by MulvannyG2 Architecture, was awarded LEED V3 Certified certification for Core & Shell. This building was awarded three exemplary performance points for the credits below:

  • The construction waste, by weight, that was diverted from the landfill was 97.64%
  • The total building material content, by value, that was manufactured by using recycled materials was 34.98%
  • The total building material content, by value, that was harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site was 36.71%


Miley Achievement Center, Las Vegas, NV

Certified in February 2008 with 26 points under LEED-NC v2, the $12.9 million Miley Achievement Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, was our first Certified project. The design of the building incorporated many LEED principles including Solatubes, recycled construction waste, use of local/regional materials, use of low VOC materials, access to public transportation, and bicycle storage.




Safeway Store No. 2912, Washington, DC

Certified in April 2011 with 45 points under LEED-NC v2009, the store received 18 points for Sustainable Site, which included urban infill site and public transportation access. The waste management plan that was implemented diverted 96% of waste from the landfill, which earned an ID point for exemplary performance. Twenty-four percent of the construction materials utilized included pre- or post-consumer recycled content, and 59% of the construction materials utilized were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site, which also earned the project an ID point for exemplary performance. In order to reduce high energy costs and water usage, water is not used for landscaping and efficient fixtures were used in the building. The covered parking garage also reduces the heat island effect. During construction, low VOC emitting materials and an indoor air quality management plan were used.


Target Store No. T-2717, Lakewood, CO
In July 2011, Target Store No. T-2717 was certified LEED Silver with 35 points under LEED-NC v2.2. Roche separated and recycled all asphalt, concrete, and wood. The team also tracked all recycled content of materials used on the project for Divisions 2-10 and tracked and recorded all local (within 500 miles of the project) materials. All of the wood being used in the building was certified and recorded for the Forest Stewardship Council. All of the paints, adhesives, wall coverings, carpet, etc. were low VOC. The team has also developed a comprehensive Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) plan for construction, which was implemented once the building was erected.



Safeway Store No. 2848, Bethesda, Maryland

Safeway Store No. 2848 is striving for LEED Silver Retail, a pilot program by USGBC that is anticipated to be official in 2011. The store is anticipating 21 points for Sustainable Site, which includes urban infill site and public transportation access. Roche has implemented a waste management plan that is expected to divert 80% of waste from the landfill. The use of regional and recycled materials is expected to receive USGBC’s maximum number of points available in each category. Recycled glass from the original store will also be converted to decorative glass panels by an artist. In order to reduce high energy costs and water usage, water will not be used for landscaping and efficient fixtures will be used in the building. All parking will be underground, reducing the heat island effect while allowing for more green space around the building. The use of low VOC emitting materials and an indoor air quality management plan will be used.


Patrick B. Roche Baseball Facility, Greeley, CO

Certified LEED Gold from the USGBC, the Patrick B. Roche Memorial Baseball Training Facility Renovation was completed in early 2011. The renovations included HVAC and lighting upgrades and new plumbing fixtures that reduce water usage by over 40%. New finishes included Floorscore/Green Label Plus certified recycled rubber flooring carpet with 13% recycled content; vinyl tile flooring with 30% recycled content and 5% rapidly renewable content; Richlite countertops with 30% rapidly renewable content and 100% FSC certified wood pulp; locally-manufactured bamboo-faced cabinets with melamine interiors containing 100% recycled content; rapidly-renewable cherry cork wall tiles made from cork recycled from wine cork production; and GreenGuard certified custom laminates with 20% post-consumer recycled content,10% rapidly renewable content, and 80% FSC wood. Other additions to the facility include rapidly-renewable Dakota Burl shelving made from recycled sunflower seeds, new aluminum benches made with 85% recycled content, and recycled ceiling tile and grid, which added 7% to the rapidly renewable category. All paints and adhesives used in the renovation adhered to the LEED VOC criteria.






Vincent L. Triggs Elementary School, North Las Vegas, NV

The $14.2 million school is a new prototype for the Clark County School District. The school was designed with the following two goals in mind (1) the facility needs to be twice as energy efficient as previous models, and (2) the facility must cost 20 cents less per square foot to build. Green concepts used on Triggs Elementary included two-story construction and using less turf, better insulation, more efficient cooling systems, north-south orientation to make use of the sun’s warmth for heating, and importing more natural light into classrooms to reduce energy needs. Before the school even opened to the students, it was boasting a 67% improvement in efficiency.



Stanley P. Jones Building, Las Vegas, NV

The $14.8 million Stanley P. Jones Building was designed to meet LEED silver certification including drought-tolerant landscaping, a lighting control system to reduce energy consumption, and an innovative use of under-floor HVAC supply. 





Severance Middle School, Severance, CO

Completed for the Weld RE-4 School District, the $17.7 million Severance Middle School’s LEED-inspired elements included daylighting (Solatubes, light shelves/sunshades, building orientation/classroom placement), noise reduction/acoustics (acoustical panels and acoustical metal deck), a recycling station, non-potable water irrigation system, native seed, BMS (electrical and HVAC impacts), beetle kill planking in rotunda and media center, spray foam insulation, structural insulation panels (R value of 44.7 for the 12-1/4 inch panels), low-e glazing, low flow/low consumption plumbing fixtures, LED parking lot lighting, interior lighting designed with usage levels/occupancy sensors, and minimal light pollution.


Nearly every project that we construct has energy saving features from low-flush toilets to high-efficiency equipment such as water heaters/boilers and air conditioners to the energy management systems that run the lighting and temperature controls. The same applies to daylighting; most jobs in some form incorporate this. All of the Walmart/Sam’s and Target projects we build incorporate some LEED best practices including skylights and Energy Management Systems.

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