Orlando’s Amway Center Turns Green into Gold

This post is an update to our August 24, 2010 entry titled “Orlando’s New Amway Center Goes Green.”

Today, the City of Orlando and the Orlando Magic will announce that the Amway Center, the city’s entertainment venue and home of the Orlando Magic basketball team, has earned a “LEED Gold” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to an article published today in the Orlando Sentinel, the Amway Center is the first new NBA arena to earn a “LEED Gold” certification.  The Amway Center first opened in the fall of 2010, with the start of the Magic’s basketball season.

This award is a great signal for the state of sustainable development in the City of Orlando.  Alex Martins, Orlando Magic president said, “We promised to create an arena that was civic-oriented, pedestrian-friendly and added to downtown development. We promised a sustainable arena, and are proud to say that with today’s announcement and with great teamwork, we have surpassed our goals for LEED certification.”

If you’ve not been to Orlando, the Amway Center is located in the middle of downtown, at the crossroads of Interstate 4 and the East-West Expressway, with plenty of parking, access to public transportation, and nearby restaurants in the downtown area.  It is a highly visible landmark.  If only there was a visible way to mark sustainability achievement on buildings.

This post was authored by Laura M. Walda, who is a Florida attorney and an associate with Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A. (www.lowndes-law.com).  Commercially Green Florida is a blog authored and maintained by Dale A. Burket, a Florida attorney who is Board Certified in Real Estate by The Florida Bar, and who is a partner with Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A.

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Dale Burket is a partner in the Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance Commercial Leasing, and Environmental Law practices. With over 29 years of experience, Dale focuses his real estate legal practice on multi-site, multi-jurisdictional real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing and large, multi-site and multi-state real estate transactions. His hospitality practice concentrates on restaurant leases and financing arrangements. Dale has also represented Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in connections with mergers, securitizations, purchase of income producing properties, and sales of properties by taxable REIT subsidiaries. Dale is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He has represented local, regional, and national clients in commercial real estate transactions, including CNL Financial Group, Inc., JDS Holdings, LLC., and Northland, A Church Distributed Inc. Dale has also handled purchase and sale transactions in excess of $100 Million, handled real estate aspects of a corporate merger involving more than 2,000 properties, and closed senior credit facilities on behalf of the borrower in excess of $50 Million.

2 Comments

  1. Ryan Burket says:

    Awesome! Now I have another excuse to go see the new Arena! The larger question looms, however: what will happen to the older arena, also visible from I-4, and will the new development be destined for LEED certification as well?

    • daleburket says:

      The hope of many is that the old arena will be the future site of a project to be known as “Creative Village”, a center for technology businesses and living facilities, with nearby public transportation. It’s another ambitious project that could propel Orlando’s attractiveness to young tech-minded urbanites. Of course, much of the old arena’s equipment has been auctioned off at this point. And yes, I understand that the project owners plan to build a sustainable “green” neighborhood development.

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