Breathe Easy…LEEDing the Way
While it's easy to talk the talk as they say, Wave Transit feels a responsibility to also walk the walk. Sure buying hybrid buses and recycling are important but Wave Transit's commitment to sustainability goes much deeper. That's what Breathe Easy… is all about. During the Authority's dramatic growth since our creation in 2004, we have identified the need for three new facilities. These facilities include Forden Station, which is nearing completion; an operations and maintenance center, which is currently in design; and the Wilmington Multimodal Transportation Center, which is in the environmental analysis phase.
Forden Station was built to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard. It encompasses geothermal heating and air conditioning, a green roof and pervious concrete as its main sustainable initiatives. LED lighting, motion light sensors, low VOC paints and other environmentally friendly initiatives have also been incorporated into the building. Engineers have estimated that the new facility will reduce energy consumption by Wave Transit by 45% - 50%.
The operations and maintenance facility will also be designed to meet LEED gold standards, as will the Wilmington Multimodal Center (WMMTC). The WMMTC sustainability project will be especially challenging since it will include historic preservation of two buildings.
Buildings aren't the only example of our commitment to environmental sustainability. All of our passenger waiting shelters now have solar lighting providing both security during at night and early in the morning and a sustainable way to provide a safe waiting environment.