As of Monday, May 14, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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The Gwinnett County Senior Services Center on Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County went for the silver, but on Monday came away with gold certification.
The county's Senior Services Center and Operations Center at the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility were awarded LEED Gold certifications, the county said in a news release. The LEED program is criteria for operation and performance of green buildings.
The Yellow River center won all possible points for water efficiency and design innovation, said Ron Peters, Water Resources deputy director. Peters added that the building reduces indoor water by more than 62 percent compared to a typical building.
Peters also boasted that the facility recycled 990 tons of concrete, metal, wood and gypsum -- more than 92 percent of its construction waste.
The Senior Services Center, a one-story facility on 6.4 acres, matches seniors' needs with resources, assistance, counseling and care management.
"We're extremely proud to get this recognition. We actually designed both projects to meet silver certification requirements, but are very pleased to achieve Gold status," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said in a news release. "By using less water and energy with minimal environmental effects, we're saving money for Gwinnett families and businesses and contributing to a healthier environment for everyone."