Baseball is Going Green in Miami

Finally they yelled “Play Ball!” at the new Miami Marlins stadium!  The stadium opened this week with a game between rival high school teams and witht hat opening, baseball is going green in Miami. This high tech is the first LEED-certified pro sports stadium with a retractable roof.  This LEED certification has not been cheap, adding about $8 million to the final bill.  Existing LEED-certified stadiums include Nationals Ballpark in D.C., Target Field in Minneapolis and Consol Center in Pittsburgh.  The Marlins are a member of the Green Sports Alliance a group of sustainability-minded teams, leagues, venues and universities and it is among the more than 140 stadiums that have applied for LEED certifications.

From the beginning, the Marlins ballpark’s objective has been to obtain LEED Silver Certification.  This allowed the designers to start thinking about ecological impact early in the process.  In order to meet LEED’s “five fundamentals” of green building:  sustainable site development; water savings, energy efficiency; material selection and indoor environmental quality.  Majority of building materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the job site to reduce transportation emissions and support the local economy.  Pieces of old concrete from the demolished Orange Bowl were repurposed to create the support beams. More than 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled; including asphalt, cardboard, concrete, metal, steel, paper, plastic and wood.  More than 20% of the total material incorporated into the ballpark was pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content.

The installation of 249 waterless urinals should provide an estimated savings of approximately 6 million gallons of water per year at the stadium. In the concessions area, hoods will use ultraviolet light to help prevent buildup of grease from all those hot dogs and nachos, which in turn should reduce by 52 percent the amount of water that would otherwise be used to clean the hoods.  Other eco-friendly features of this new stadium include aggressive waste management recycling program and the use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, adhesives, carpets and flooring for air quality control.

Due to the way air pressure inside the stadium will change when the roof opens, stadiums have to be strategic about ventilation. The Marlins addressed this by opening a massive glass wall in the outfield whenever the roof is open. This glass wall adds more natural light and air flow.  The architecture bonus here will be a stellar view of the Miami skyline, 12 miles distant, through the open wall.

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