Delta Dental of Michigan Awarded LEED® Gold Certification for ‘Green’ Headquarters

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Company also receives 2012 Michigan Green Leader Award

Delta Dental of Michigan LEED certified Headquarters - Okemos, Mich.

The project serves as an outstanding example of energy efficiency, appropriate land use, and recycling.

As a result of Delta Dental of Michigan’s strong commitment to the environment through its recent “green” corporate headquarters’ renovation and expansion, the company has recently been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

In addition to this major achievement, the company has also received a 2012 Michigan Green Leader Award by the Detroit Free Press. In recognition of Earth Day, this annual program honors companies, individuals and organizations within the state that are working toward sustainable environmental practices.

Delta Dental’s $91 million project included the construction of a new 90,000 square-foot office building, as well as the renovation of the original headquarters, including its expansion from 160,000 to 188,000 square feet. In addition, a new 22,500 square-foot data center was built at the east end of the property. An estimated 40 subcontractors worked on the project, creating 884 construction jobs. Construction began in 2008 and was completed August 2011.

The project serves as an outstanding example of energy efficiency, appropriate land use, and recycling. The corporate headquarters achieved LEED certification based on all of these factors. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“It’s an honor to have been awarded both Gold LEED certification and a Michigan Green Leader Award for our dedicated efforts towards renovating and expanding our corporate headquarters in a way that is good for the environment,” said Dr. Thomas J. Fleszar, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Michigan. “When we decided to move forward with this building project, we not only felt it was important to consider the effect it would have on the environment overall, but the impact it would have on our employees and the greater community as well.”

LEED certification of the building was based on a number of green design and construction features. These sustainable features included:

  •     Use of recycled building materials.
  •     Large windows to maximize natural lighting.
  •     Use of bioswales and plant material on the roof to minimize storm water runoff and provide natural thermal insulation.
  •     Rejuvenated grounds with native ground covers, prairie grasses, wildflowers and trees.
  •     The development and maintenance of a native wildlife habitat.
  •     An increased pond surface area (Ingham County’s Smith Drain) to provide nearly 160,000 cubic feet of additional storm water storage for the community.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Delta Dental of Michigan’s corporate headquarters efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

About Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana
Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, with its affiliates in Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2011, the enterprise paid out $2.2 billion for dental treatment for 8.6 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis and Greenwood, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org.

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