March 3, 2018, (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico announced today that it has been awarded LEED certification for its new East Mesa Public Safety Complex on Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“Innovative building projects such as City of Las Cruces East Mesa Public Safety Complex is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, design and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices. Because of WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces, we are increasing the number of green buildings and getting closer to USGBC’s goal to outpace conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality of life for generations to come.”
The East Mesa Public Safety Complex achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“Creating innovative buildings requires a coordinated team of dedicated professionals,” said David Clarke, President of WDG Architects. “Along with our dedicated City liaison Tomas Mendez AIA, City Architect, and representatives from the Las Cruces Police Department and the Las Cruces Fire Department, we partnered with RMKM Architecture (Albuquerque), RBM Engineering (Las Cruces), Alameda Engineering (Tucson), Consensus Planning (Albuquerque), and JJK Engineering (Albuquerque). The General Contractor was White Sands Construction, Inc.”
WDG Architects has designed LEED certified projects for New Mexico State University, NMSU-Alamogordo—the first LEED Gold Certified building in the NMSU system, Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus, Dona Ana Community College Sunland Park Center, Western New Mexico University, and now the City of Las Cruces. WDG currently has LEED certification pending for a new building being designed for the DACC Gadsden Center.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Ramanujam. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, WDG Architects and the City of Las Cruces demonstrate their leadership through their LEED certification of the East Mesa Public Safety Complex.”