Chasing LEED Certification for a New Water Treatment Facility

Last Modified: Oct 12, 2010


  • William Russell, AIA, David M. Laliberte, Mark M. Bishop, P.E., DEE - Hazen and Sawyer

The LEED certified Bradley Avenue Water treatment Plant design/build includes many energy-efficient technologies, recycling of construction waste, and preservation of the surrounding natural habitat as a wildlife sanctuary.

American Water (AW) / Illinois American Water (ILAW) undertook the construction of a new water treatment plant to serve the Champaign area with drinking water. The facility is a 15-mgd lime-softening plant supplied by seven groundwater wells and raw water piping system.

The Design – Build project is a Greenfield facility with an environmentally-friendly approach using the LEED building design concepts.

The project certification process begins with registering the project at the beginning of design. The process continues through design, gathering documentation to ensure compliance with credits claimed in six major areas. These areas are as follows: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation Design.

Based on the documentation submitted on the project, the plant could be placed in one of four LEED certified categories. These categories are established by point value with Certification (26-32 points), Silver Certification (33-38 points), Gold Certification (39-51points), and Platinum Certification (52-69 points).

This paper will describe the process and cost of chasing “LEED Certification” for the design-build Project. For more on this project, view the project description.

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