Owen-Ames-Kimball Company achieves LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for Coconut
The Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) construction team has achieved LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for construction of the Coconut Cove Apartments in Cape Coral, a property of the Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. The project is one of three recognized by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in its announcement of its 20,000 LEED for Homes achievement.LEED, short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve LEED certification, the design team and the construction manager work together to accomplish design and construction practices and guidelines provided by the USGBC. Certain criteria must be met and points are assigned in the following categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process. More information about the USGBC and the LEED for Homes milestone projects can be found at http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/LEED%20for%20Homes%2020k.pdf.“We are delighted to have our affordable housing here in Lee County reach such a high level for LEED for Homes. This means our clients will have a ‘green’ place to live and the Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation will have a sustainable building and site,” said Marcia Davis, Real Estate Development Director for Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc.Paul Rosen, of NorthBay Energy Services, Inc., the projects sustainable design consultant and LEED Rater for the project said, “Coconut Cove and O-A-K has raised the bar for the way affordable housing, and all housing in general, should be built going forward. The overall design elements, energy savings and reduced life cycle costs will benefit the environment, the health and comfort of the tenants, and society in general by supporting a more sustainable future for everyone.”The O-A-K project team was led by Tom Misotti, LEED AP BD & C, project manager, Holly Beach was the job site superintendent, and Frank Bell supported the project as general superintendent. Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build and construction management services in southwest Florida since 1982. The company has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Learn more about O-A-K at http://www.owen-ames-kimball.com/ , become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OwenAmesKimballCo and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Builder1982 .