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National Green Spotlight to Shine on Franklin County's New Courthouse
Already recognized as a Best Government Project in the Midwest, the Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse will be in the spotlight again as members of the United States Green Building Council take a closer look at the cutting edge environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient aspects of the new building and its construction.
On Thursday, Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Paula Brooks and Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider will welcome nearly two hundred members of the United States Green Building Council's Central Ohio Chapter, who will get an exclusive tour and up-close look at the courthouse's green roof, the Schottenstein Park Rain Garden, energy-saving fixtures in the courtrooms and holding cells, and the state-of-the-art mechanical systems that help run the building at a 25 percent energy cost savings.
The new Common Pleas Courthouse has been open less than a year, and has already been recognized as the "Best Government Project" in the Midwest by Engineering News-Record Magazine in 2011. The building is the first newly-constructed LEED Gold certified courthouse in the state Ohio.
During the development and construction of the courthouse, County Commissioners pushed several environmentally-sustainable strategies: minimizing construction waste, optimizing energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, improving indoor environmental quality and incorporating local materials and talent. The tour will be an opportunity to hear updates on how these efforts have worked.
Franklin County Commissioners President Paula Brooks
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider
Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse Project Team
Members of the US Green Building Council's Central Ohio Chapter
Green Tour and Update of Franklin County's new Common Pleas Courthouse
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse
345 S. High St., Lobby