Huntington Place Re-certifies as the Largest LEED Facility in Michigan

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DETROIT— Jan. 18, 2023 – Today, Karen Totaro, general manager for Huntington Place/ASM
Global, is pleased to announce that Huntington Place has again achieved LEED Gold status by
recertifying under the LEED v4.1 O+M rating system, the most robust, flexible, and transparent
rating system to date.
LEED or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of
excellence in green building. LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon
emissions and healthier environments where people live, work, learn, play and worship. In the
United States alone, buildings account for almost 40 percent of national CO2 emissions, but
LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less
energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from
“To keep a high-performing green building, the Huntington Place team is dedicated to ongoing
performance measurement and training,” said Becky Bixby, assistant general manager
Huntington Place/ASM Global and LEED project manager. “We invest in educating employees,
vendors, customers, partners, and visitors on our efforts and the importance of sustainable
Huntington Place was recognized by LEED for several best practices resulting in the
certification. The project scored very high in Human Experience which includes an Indoor Air
Quality Evaluation – and demonstrates the building has excellent ventilation and air quality.
Curing the COVID-19 Pandemic while Huntington Place was closed for business, Gretchen
Whitmer, Michigan’s Governor asked venue leadership to work with FEMA and become a field
hospital and vaccine distribution center. The temporary site was designed to relieve the burden
on local hospitals treating patients with COVID-19, equipped with patient oxygen supply and
negative air pressure to accommodate healing.
Environmental air quality in the Atwater Garage was monitored in real-time for CO levels in the
garage with 48 sensor readings that signal the engineering team to turn on the required
sequence of 17 variable-speed exhaust fans. A twelve-foot by ten-foot video monitor with
mapped locations of all CO sensors and exhaust fans are located in the engineering control room
and watched by team members.
Both endeavors contributed to high scores for Huntington Place in the LEED Indoor Air Quality
Evaluation and recertification as a LEED Gold building noting that the building was managed
and controlled for minimum energy and water usage (or high energy/water performance) despite
changes in occupancy, usage, or operations are really commendable.
The venue’s performance for water use was also highly rated. The building uses less water per
square feet and per person than the local average through the use of very low-flow plumbing
fixtures and optimal cooling tower maintenance and operations.
Sustainability innovation is part of the venue’s Green mission and new and innovative Green
initiatives are continually implemented throughout the facility. Last month the Huntington Place
Green Committee installed large recycling cages in the back of the house of exhibit halls to
make it easier for labor building and deconstructing event spaces to recycle wood, glass, metal
and other materials that can be collected and moved along material life cycles to stay out of the
waste stream.
This month, Bixby officially became a LEED Green Associate, a professional credential
highlighting her understanding of green building design, construction and operations attained
after 16 hours of coursework and exams. “I’m excited to be on this journey to help
make Huntington Place a more sustainable venue for our customers and employees,” she said.
In 2020, Huntington Place received the Leadership Award from the USGBC in recognition of
leadership in driving the adoption of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
across business portfolios, higher education, and green affordable housing, as well as helping to
advance Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance, resilience planning and
innovative waste management solutions. Leadership Award recipients are a model for how
LEED and other sustainability practices can be used to improve communities, support businesses,
and contribute to a better future for all.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than just implementing sustainable practices. It represents
a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Peter
Templeton, president and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate
protection and the central role buildings play in that effort, Huntington Place is creating a path
forward through their LEED certification.”
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system and a symbol of international
excellence. Green buildings allow venues like Huntington Place to operate more sustainably
and provide a healthier, more comfortable space for people to enjoy. More than 98,500
commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than
21 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 175 countries and
territories. There are 213 LEED certified buildings in the Metro Detroit area.
“Huntington Place’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,”
said Templeton. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize our
buildings and communities by providing everyone with access to healthy, green, and high-performing
 buildings. Huntington Place is a prime example of how the innovative work of project
teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.”
The convention center maintains its status as the largest LEED certified venue in Michigan.


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About Huntington Place

With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space, Huntington Place, Detroit’s convention center, boasts one of the largest
contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and has the largest ballroom in Michigan with 40,000 square feet. It
is a LEED Gold certified venue and has received numerous industry awards for excellence including 2020
USGBC Leadership Award for Building Performance, making it the only convention center in the history of the award
to receive it. It is the 16th largest convention center in the United States. Visit online at
About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event
strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum
results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350
of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, convention, and exhibition centers,
including McCormick Place Chicago; Moscone Center San Francisco; ICC Sydney Australia; Olympia London;
Shenzhen World China; and PJ Live in Aberdeen, U.K. Visit online at
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient, and equitable future for all through the
development of green buildings, cities, and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green
building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the
support of thousands of members, volunteers, and partners, USGBC provides robust green building education
courses, a rigorous professional credentialing program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an
international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International
Conference & Expo. Visit online at

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