Turner Construction Company Announces New LEED Gold Certified Cobb County Superior Courthouse | Public Spaces
The Cobb County Superior Courthouse in Marietta received its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council on April 25. It is the largest LEED Gold certified courthouse in the Southeast. Turner Construction led the design/build effort with design partners Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects and HDR.
“Cobb County had requested a LEED certified project, and Turner and the design/build team were able to deliver the LEED Gold project approximately three months ahead of schedule and give back to the county approximately $1 million,” said Turner Construction Company project manager Winston Williams Jr. “The project is a testament to the design/build approach and Turner’s green building experience.”
LEED Facts About the Courthouse:
· The project documented a 26.7% energy cost savings through the energy model, resulting in five LEED points.
· The project employed water use reduction methods that yielded a total water savings of 47.5%, earning both WEc3.1 and WEc3.2, as well as one Innovation and Design point.
· 21% of the project’s materials contained post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content.
· 25% of the project’s materials were manufactured, harvested, and extracted within 500 miles of the project site.
· The project used only low emitting adhesives and sealants.
· The project used only low emitting paints and coatings.
· The project used a low emitting carpet system throughout all spaces.
· The project utilized enhanced commissioning to validate that energy efficiency goals were obtained.
· The project diverted over 86% (4,707 tons) of construction waste from the landfill.
The Cobb County Superior Courthouse is a $56 million seven-story 230,000 sq. ft. facility. It includes:
· Superior court judges’ chambers, senior judges’ suites, 11 courtrooms, administrative spaces, District Attorney and staff offices, Clerk of the Courts staff offices, jury administration, court administration spaces, common/lobby areas and deliberation rooms.
· 180-capacity suspect/inmate holding area in basement, visitation areas.
· A 50-foot-tall clock tower standing 195 foot over the courthouse courtyard with three 12? diameter clocks.
· A 154 foot pedestrian bridge connects the courthouse to the old Superior Court complex.