SkyCenter One: A Firsthand Look at Sustainability at Tampa International Airport Greg Totten Sustainability & LEED

Tampa International Airport (TPA) continues to establish itself as a leader in sustainability with the completion of SkyCenter One, a shining example of environmentally conscious design. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the site and witness firsthand the innovative features that contributed to SkyCenter One’s impressive LEED Platinum certification. This article will share my exciting experience and highlight some of the building’s unique eco-friendly elements. Consider whether these features could be applied to your building projects as you read.

SkyCenter One prioritizes well-being by dedicating 42% of its space to pedestrian open areas. The beautifully designed plaza and open spaces are filled with native vegetation, offering a serene environment where occupants can relax and enjoy nature. With a 1.5-mile bike loop, bikes for occupants to use, and a bike service shop on site, SkyCenter One promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

The building’s water conservation efforts are awe-inspiring. With 100% onsite stormwater capture, 100% outdoor potable water use reduction achieved through campus gray water, and a 38% indoor water reduction, SkyCenter One saves a whopping 1.1 million gallons of water. The central utility plant (CUP) also uses 100% recirculated reclaimed water, saving an additional 25 million gallons annually.

During construction, SkyCenter One diverted 84% of waste from landfills, utilized 45% recycled content materials, and sourced 63% regional materials. The building also boasts 100% low-emitting indoor materials, ensuring healthy indoor air quality for occupants.

SkyCenter One’s energy efficiency measures include 66 electric vehicle (EV) charging spots, a 34% energy cost reduction, and an incredible central utility plant (CUP). This 10,000 sq ft CUP increased capacity from 3,600 to 4,800 tons, resulting in a 30% reduction in energy consumption and eliminating 3,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The building incorporates green roofs that offer insulation, decrease stormwater runoff, and create habitats for local wildlife.

The solar array at SkyCenter One has generated 20,000 kWh of clean energy, avoiding 20 million lbs of CO2 emissions and eliminating 21,000 barrels of oil and 1 million gallons of gasoline. This powerful solar array can …


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