Scottsdale Museum of the West notches LEED certification

A view of Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. (Submitted photo)

A view of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. (Submitted photo)

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has announced the museum’s building has been certified LEED Gold, according to a press release.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of environmentally conscious buildings.

The 43,000-square-foot, two-story museum building was built and is owned by the city of Scottsdale and is managed and operated by Scottsdale Museum of the West, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It opened in January of last year.

“We are so very proud of this achievement, the credit for which goes to the design team of local architects and contractors with whom we were so fortunate to have the privilege to work,” said Museum Director Mike Fox in a prepared statement. “Their purposeful designs of the museum and its surrounding campus not only maximize sustainability, but also support the conservation of critical regional resources.”

The city’s museum development project was led by architectural firm Studio Ma of Phoenix, Christiana Moss and Christopher Alt, principals; landscape architect Colwell Shelor of Phoenix; and contractors Core Construction Company and LGE Design Build Company, both of Phoenix, all under the daily direction and oversight of Scottsdale Project Manager Gary Meyer.

Western Spirit achieved LEED Gold certification — 60-79 points earned — for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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