Dearborn’s Dingell center earns LEED certification

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Dearborn’s John D. Dingell Transit Center has earned a prestigious Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its “green” components, city officials announced Tuesday.

The Silver Certification was awarded under LEED guidelines measuring a building’s sustainability, and was presented Tuesday by Kevin McNeely, president with the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Dearborn representatives said in a statement.

The city-owned, Amtrak-operated transit center, which was built with $28.2 million in federal money and opened in December 2014, boasts several elements qualifying it for the designation. The 16,000-square-foot building sitting on seven acres at 21201 Michigan Avenue has a metal roof with solar collectors; energy-efficient lighting; and geo-thermal heating and cooling; as well as storm water management features, city officials said. The parking lot also includes charging stations for electrical vehicles.

“We’re proud that we designed the Dingell Transit Center to meet demanding LEED standards, in keeping with our other ‘green’ initiatives,” Mayor John B. O’Reilly said in a statement. “It is especially appropriate for the train station, since rail travel, like all mass transit, promotes more efficient use of energy and resources.”

Neumann/Smith Architecture designed the station, along with consultant design firms of SmithGroupJJR, Quandel Consultants, KMI, Penhale & Yates, DiClemente Siegel Design and Somat Engineering. Tooles/Clark constructed the center.

The building, named after retired U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, has also received an honorable mention from UM/ULI Real Estate Forum under its 2015 Development/Redevelopment Award, and the Construction Association of Michigan named it one of the state’s 12 most important projects of the year.