DETROIT, MI — TCF Center has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. Spanning 2.4 million sq. ft., the convention center is now the largest LEED-certified building in the state of Michigan. Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented the certification plaque to Claude Molinari, General Manager of ASM Global/TCF Center, in a ceremony.
“LEED is a transformative tool that is helping communities build spaces that are not only better for the environment, but for people too,” said Ramanujam. “By prioritizing sustainability, TCF Center is leading the way in its industry. It is moving beyond construction and efficiency and finding ways to help us improve our quality of life by creating spaces that prioritize health and well-being.”
TCF Center’s $279 million renovation in 2015 included significant upgrades in energy-saving HVAC equipment, water-saving fixtures and a living green roof. With a grant from the Smart Buildings Detroit Energy Conservation Program, the venue also installed overall energy-reduction enhancements. They included $9.9 million in insulation, computerized mechanical and lighting controls, induction lighting in all exhibit halls, enclosed loading docks and energy-efficient escalators.
“We continue to make strides in improving the sustainability of our offerings,” said Molinari. “Receiving our LEED Gold Certification signals that our venue is truly world class with all of the benefits a sustainable environment offers.”