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|SARASOTA, FL – The Ringling’s Tibbals II Learning Center achieved LEED certification last week in a review by the U.S. Green Building Council. Built by Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., the museum was completed in 2011, providing 24,500 additional square feet of expansion to the original Tibbals Learning Center.
“Approximately 83% of construction materials were recycled and all other necessary materials were sourced regionally,” according to Dave Otterness, Project Manager for Willis A. Smith on the Tibbals II project. He explained that to counteract the environmental impact of development, the design for Tibbals II maximized open space to foster habitat areas for native species of plants and animals. A white roof was utilized to minimize the heat island effect caused by development that increases peak energy demands, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Within the structure, low-emitting materials were used to improve indoor air quality. Tibbal’s II LEED certification also accomplished public transportation access to two bus lines within a half mile of the museum that spans both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. is a construction management firm headquartered in Lakewood Ranch primarily serving Southwest Florida since 1972. The company’s longstanding reputation for quality construction assures its clients in the areas of commercial, industrial, education, healthcare, museum specialty workand sustainable construction. The firm is also a member of the Florida GreenBuilding Coalition, the U.S. Green Building Council and Sustainable Sarasota. With15 LEED accredited professionals on staff. The firm is well established as the regional industry leader for green construction expertise.
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