Miami Beach Convention Center Receives LEED® Silver Certification

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The Miami Beach Convention Center

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MBCC's sun-shading fins

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Art at the MBCC reflects on the environment

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By: Jennifer Haz

Designed with Sustainability in Mind

From hosting Muhammad Ali's first heavyweight championship to serving as the home of Art Basel Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) has had many milestones throughout its 62-year history and the state-of-the-art venue recently hit another by receiving the LEED® Silver certification.

This achievement is a merit to the MBCC’s completed $620-million-dollar renovation & expansion which adhered to the City of Miami Beach’s Rising Above commitment to sustainability and resiliency, requiring LEED® certification for all new public projects.

LEED®, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used high-performance green building rating system based on six categories of building and operational sustainability. It evaluates a venue’s green practices and infrastructure such as water efficiency, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, material resources, and innovative designs.

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Sustainability was built into the design, like these sun-shading fins

Designed by Fentress Architects, some of MBCC’s renovation & expansion project green initiatives included the installation of reduced flow water fixtures to increase water efficiency, as well as the reduction of energy consumption through the use of natural daylight in public spaces and sun-shading “fins” along the exterior of the building that prevent excessive solar heat gain. Notably, over 90% of the construction waste from the project was recycled, re-used, or re-routed from the waste flow.

As a part of the City of Miami Beach’s Rising Above commitment, sea-level rise was also addressed in the raising of the building’s first floor and critical building systems (emergency generators, electrical panels, etc.) – all of which were placed above new flood levels to meet the current building code ordinance. In addition, the venue’s stormwater drainage system was designed to reduce/eliminate water pollution by filtering 100% of the average annual site rainfall.

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Hundreds of trees and native plants surround the MBCC, creating a refreshing and environmentally-friendly meeting destination

MBCC’s environmental initiatives extend beyond the venue structure, surrounding itself with nine-acres of public green space that can be used as additional event space. The landscape, featuring the preservation of 200 trees and planting of 1,300 more canopy trees, aims to boost unified irrigation and environmental maintenance through plant species selection.

The next time you’re headed to the MBCC, consider eco-friendly transportation options, as the venue not only has easy access to public transportation but also charging stations for fuel efficient vehicles.

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