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The Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena have been named the first-ever Environmental Innovators of the Year in the NBA category by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), recognised for excellence in advancing the sport green movement through their ongoing implementation of sustainability elements in their venue.

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HOK announces partnership with Green Sports Alliance

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HOK – a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm – has entered into a partnership with the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) – an international nonprofit that advises professional and collegiate leagues, teams and venue operators about environmental stewardship.

Scott Jenkins, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group Stadium General Manager and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance, said:

Since its inception in 2010, the Green Sports Alliance has focused on improving the environmental performance of sports organisations and venues. HOK’s expertise and commitment to designing sustainable venues offer tremendous value to our members and to the entire sports industry.

Under the partnership’s terms, HOK will offer GSA members enhanced access to information about strategies for sustainable venue design, operations and technologies. HOK will also help shape future GSA membership programs and partnerships. The firm is currently collaborating with the GSA to develop a report outlining the future of sports facility design.

Chris DeVolder, Sustainable Design Leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

The Green Sports Alliance shares our goals for bringing sustainability to the sports industry. This innovative partnership will also support our firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge, an initiative seeking carbon neutrality in all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.

DeVolder added:

Sports offer a uniquely powerful platform for talking about sustainability. The Green Sports Alliance is helping organisations understand how upfront investments in sustainability initiatives can generate long-term savings.

DeVolder moderated a plenary session at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, which took place in Chicago on June 30, titled ‘Beyond the Building: How Sports Facilities Contribute to Sustainable Communities and Urban Vitalisation’.

About the Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities. The nonprofit works to inspire sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy conservation, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries. For more information, visit:

About HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm celebrating 60 years of design and innovation in 2015. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design for five consecutive years and recently named the practice the #1 most-admired firm for leadership in technology innovation. For further information, visit:


HOK’s Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, John Rhodes, is one of the panellists joining the roundtable session discussing ‘The cultural specificity of stadia: Creative approaches to sports venue design that best serve a city’s way of experiencing sport’ at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition, and the firm’s Chris Lamberth, Director of Global Sport Development, will be giving a presentation on ‘Design trends and innovations in North American stadia’. For further information on the event or to register as a delegate, go to:

Peoria Sports Complex renovation achieves LEED Gold

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Peoria Sports Complex’s recent renovations, designed by Populous with DFDG, have achieved LEED Gold Certification.

The renovations to the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres Clubhouses were designed to enhance the experience for athletes, while creating a sustainable and efficient facility.

The newly expanded facilities include patio space, hydrotherapy, a new weight training centre in each clubhouse and enhanced locker room, training and dining facilities.

Sustainability played an integral role in the design process and the completed clubhouses will save more than 320,000 gallons of water and 1,126,000 kWh of electricity per year. In addition, 36% of building materials were recycled and the design process made use of locally sourced materials and Low VOC paints and sealants.

With the integration of sustainable cleaning practices, the facility has achieved LEED Gold Certification.

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Levi’s® Stadium becomes first US stadium to receive LEED Gold certification

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Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as a new construction.


The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.


Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers, said:

The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving  LEED Gold certification for Levi’s Stadium is another example of our desire to showcase all that is special about the region. Our design team, partners and contractors have helped Levi’s Stadium become the environmentally responsible building we had envisioned.


LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Levi’s® Stadium achieved LEED certification 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. LEED Gold status is earned by accumulating 39 to 51 points on the rating system and Levi’s® Stadium had registered a total of 41 upon opening.


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Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of USGBC, commented:

Levi’s Stadium’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Levi’s Stadium serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.


LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 60,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising 11.2 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 US states and more than 154 countries worldwide.


President & CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh, added:

Achieving this milestone shows the dedication and commitment to building Levi’s Stadium in a responsible way. Innovation and sustainability are two focus areas for both of our organizations. Today’s announcement is just another reason why we’re so pleased to be partners with the 49ers.


Designed by HNTB and constructed by Turner/Devcon, Levi’s® Stadium embodies innovative elements found throughout Silicon Valley. From the 1,000-plus state-of-the-art solar elements found throughout the building, including the three solar array-covered NRG Energy Bridges, to its automatic sensors and high-efficient energy management system, Levi’s® Stadium was designed to be one of the most compelling sports and entertainment venues in the country, all the while maintaining a disciplined green approach to sustainable design elements.


Levi’s® Stadium’s green features were designed to allow the venue to achieve net zero energy performance, enabling the 10 scheduled 49ers home games per season to be completely powered by the year-round collection of solar energy.


David Crane, President & CEO of NRG Energy said:

Achieving this LEED Gold certification, a first for a stadium in the U.S., is a sterling achievement that demonstrates remarkable leadership in environmental design and construction for Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco  49ers, NRG and all other parties involved. It is the latest example of how the use of distributed solar power can deliver both environmental and economic benefits to customers of all sizes, connecting them to the growing trend of sustainability in our society.

RAI Amsterdam begins on flexible and sustainable facility

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RAI Amsterdam will begin construction of a new, flexible and sustainable conference, meeting and office building on the northern side of Amsterdam RAI in October. It will open on 1 May 2015 and will not disturb any event activities.

RAI previewed its plans for this building at the Stadia & Arena conference some years ago and it’s now about to go in the ground. The new conference and meeting facilities sit alongside Hall 1, Amsterdam RAI’s largest exhibition hall, and the adjacent Hall 4/5, making it already ideal for large exhibitions. A quality restaurant will represent the finishing touch for the versatility of the new building.

The building will aim to achieve a BREEAM-NL excellent level. This sustainability certificate is managed by the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and focuses on various features, such as natural means – e.g., thermal energy storage (TES) or solar panels – for the heating and cooling of facilities. Next to the Atrium on the office floors, the building will feature a vertical greenhouse across its height on the southern side where vegetables and spices can be grown for use in the restaurant. In this way the meeting, conference and office activities will be complemented by urban farming.