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Renovated dairy in downtown Tacoma receives prestigious environmental award

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on April 10, 2012 at 9:38 am |
April 10, 2012 12:23 pm

The Foremost Dairy building, recently renovated by Seattle-based American Life Inc., has earned a LEED Gold certification, according to a news release this morning.

LEED is a voluntary and rigorous certification program that rates design, construction and operation of “green” buildings. According to the release from Freiheit & Ho Architects, the Foremost building, at 2415 Pacific Ave., “achieved LEED certification for efficiency in energy, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.”

The Foremost building now houses Social Security offices on the second floor, with ground-floor retail space available.

The LEED certification is one of about two dozen in Tacoma and more than 400 in the state of Washington. In February, both the new tower at Puyallup’s Good Samaritan hospital and the University of Washington Tacoma’s Joy Building earned LEED ratings. Learn more about LEED at the U.S. Green Building Council’s website.

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