AUSTIN, Tex. – The Palmer Events Center, a 132,700-square foot multi-purpose flexible space venue, has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
The building’s green activities achieved positive outcomes for energy performance, efficient energy operations, water use reduction, responsible materials selection and waste management, and enhanced indoor environmental quality.
“We are extremely proud and credit the hard work and commitment of our staff in achieving LEED Silver [certification] at the Palmer Events Center,” said Trisha Tatro, interim director, Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD). “Our environmental program and whole-building approach reflect our dedication to sustainability.”
Issued by the USGBC, LEED designations are given to buildings excelling in environmental efficiency and resource conservation. At a maximum of every three years, a building must recertify its LEED rating when using the Arc performance platform, which scores the sustainability performance in five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
“While the Palmer Events Center was not LEED certified as a new building in 2002, its energy and environmental levels of performance earned a Silver LEED certification for an existing building,” said Camala Jones, environmental program coordinator at ACCD. “Being in the heart of Butler Park and Auditorium Shores at Town Lake, architects and engineers kept LEED goals in mind when designing the facility.”
According to USGBC, LEED buildings are linked to improved productivity, health, and wellness as well as a space that provides clean and high-quality indoor air for employees and occupants.
One hundred percent of all the electrical power to the Palmer Events Center and the Austin Convention Center is supplied by Austin Energy’s GreenChoice program, generated by wind turbines.
Thirty-five percent of all waste generated at the center is diverted from landfills through the building’s recycling, reuse, and composting program. The Austin Convention Center, a Gold LEED certification building, diverts 50 percent of generated waste.
Located at 900 Barton Springs Road, the Palmer Events Center offers two column-free exhibit halls, equaling 70,000 square feet and 50,000 square feet of covered outdoor canopies.
The Palmer Events Center’s design resembles a “pavilion in the park,” and the gently asymmetrical sloping roof forms a generous wrap-around porch, creating additional outdoor event space.
The venue features an adjacent four-storey, 1,200-space parking garage, and is within a three-mile radius of 11,000 hotel rooms in downtown Austin.
Booking information and event schedules at The Palmer Events Center can be accessed at www.palmereventscenter.com.