Mountain Metropolitan Transit Obtains LEED Silver Status
Friday, August 31, 2012
The Transit Services Division of the City of Colorado Springs, administrator of Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT), has achieved LEED Silver certification for its building at 1070 Transit Drive. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an international mark of excellence identifying measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. LEED certification is assurance that the building was designed and built using strategies focused on achieving high performance in key areas such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The building, completed in 2011, is home to MMT’s fixed-route service contractor. The structure of the Transit building uses pre-engineered metal made from scrap steel which is 70 -90% recycled. Using this building material reduces jobsite labor and reduces jobsite solid waste to practically zero. The exterior of the building uses insulated metal panels that create a thermal break between the exterior and interior panels, requires minimal maintenance, and lasts for 40 years or more. The wall insulation material is a bio-based, soy product and all of the casework is made from wheatboard. The interior of the building is minimalistic with stained concrete floors and exposed ceilings resulting in less waste. Significant savings are also found in landscape water usage through drip irrigation and a 40% savings in water use and reduced waste water via water efficient fixtures.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service, express bus service, and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-busprogram. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).