JetBlue Park LEED Certification
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The sustainable, environmentally friendly design of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Boston Red Sox’s 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex that opened in 2012, is expected to save Lee County more than $100,000 each year.
JetBlue Park was LEED® Certified on Oct. 1, 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To learn more about LEED, visit www.usgbc.org.
Lee County and the Boston Red Sox teamed up early in the design process to demonstrate leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and a focus on reducing operating costs.
Walking Tour (Tour Sign #1)
Simply use your smartphone to scan the QR code on each tour sign around JetBlue Park for more information on its green building features. Or take the virtual tour right now by tapping on the interactive map above.
JetBlue Park: Sustainable Sites
The construction of new buildings can disrupt and even destroy surrounding ecosystems if the environment is not taken into consideration in the design phase. Existing wetlands to the west of JetBlue Park – equivalent to seven Fenway Major League Baseball fields – were saved to provide clean water, reduce flood risks and preserve wildlife habitat. The architecture firm Populous from Kansas City led the design team for JetBlue Park along with associate architects Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects of Fort Myers.
Pedal to the Park (Tour Sign #3)
The Boston Red Sox and Lee County have identified innovative ways to promote alternate transportation to JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
Look Up (Tour Sign #4)
JetBlue Park's white shade canopy was designed to mimic Southwest Florida’s undulating Cypress tree dome. The canopy and white metal roofs reflect sunlight to cool the building.
JetBlue Park: Water Efficiency
Promote smarter use of water, inside and out.
Green Irrigation (Tour Sign # 11)
Ballparks require a lot of water to keep their fields in pristine condition. JetBlue’s ball fields are irrigated in part by rainwater water collected in on-site ponds. The park’s landscape islands are also planted with Florida native and adaptive plants that require less watering from a permanent drip irrigation system.
Every Drop Counts (Tour Sign # 9)
The fields and flowers aren’t the only things that need water. JetBlue Park is expected to use about 1.7 million fewer gallons of water per year than less efficient stadiums because of its low-flow lavatory plumbing. That’s expected to save Lee County nearly $18,000 every year in water/sewer costs.
And when park patrons wash their hands, they’ll be helping to save 41,164 feet of paper towels each game by instead using high-speed, energy efficient hand dryers.
That’s a lot of paper towels saved. In fact, that length is 82 times longer than Ted Williams’ 1946 record hit. Can you calculate how far he hit that ball? Do you know the significance of the Red Seat? Can you find it at the stadium?
JetBlue Park: Energy & Atmosphere
Promote better building energy performance.
Lowered Energy Use (Tour Sign # 10)
Energy performance was one of Lee County’s priorities for JetBlue Park. The design team used a computer model to improve the design and measure how JetBlue Park’s building performance would substantially exceed that of a more traditionally designed ballpark.
JetBlue Park’s energy-performance design features include:
All of those changes resulted in a 26 percent improvement in energy performance for JetBlue Park when compared to the traditional building. That saves Lee County more than $83,000 in operating costs every year.
TLC Engineering for Architecture provided the engineering design, energy modeling and LEED support for the mechanical and electrical systems.
Also, the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems do not contain any chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone layer.
JetBlue Park: Materials & Resources
Encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.
Do Your Part (Tour Sign #8)
Recycling containers can be found around every corner at JetBlue Park. Did you know that Fenway South has a “Green Team,” just like Fenway Park in Boston? After each game, the Green Team sweeps through the stadium and collects all recyclable materials so they don’t enter the trash stream.
When JetBlue Park was being built, 81 percent of the construction waste (2,515 tons) was diverted from landfills and recycled – that’s the equivalent weight of 16 million Major League baseballs.
Manhattan Construction of Florida provided construction management services to carry out the high-efficient design. The company oversaw daily control of specialized materials and recycling of construction debris, providing necessary documentation for LEED certification.
JetBlue Park: Indoor Environmental Quality
Promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.
Reducing Toxins (Tour Sign #7)
Air pollutant levels are often higher indoors than out. JetBlue Park uses products such as low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints to reduce toxins, and only installs cabinetry with no added urea-formaldehyde resins.
Very Cool (Tour Sign # 6)
It’s no surprise that the weather gets hot in Southwest Florida. Tinted windows reduce the intensity of sunlight streaming into the building. This saves both energy and money by reducing the demand for air conditioning while still allowing for the enjoyment of natural light and picturesque views.
JetBlue Park: Innovation in Design
Address sustainable building expertise, as well as design measures not covered under the other categories.
Clean Green (Tour Sign #5)
Green cleaning products and techniques keep JetBlue in tip-top shape, protect people from exposure to toxic chemicals and reduce pollution in wastewater.
Other design innovations include low-mercury lamps, which are used within JetBlue Park’s buildings to increase energy efficiency while reducing potential exposure to mercury.