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.