Populous-designed Fiserv Forum Achieves LEED Silver
March 7, 2019
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks, which opened in August of 2018. LEED is the preeminent rating system for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Fiserv Forum achieved its Silver rating with its sustainable design and construction efforts that contributed to making an environmental legacy of positive leadership within Milwaukee’s downtown redevelopment.
Debuted as the world’s first bird-friendly sports and entertainment arena, other Populous design characteristics which support Fiserv Forum’s LEED Silver rating include the utilization of a 100 percent digital ticketing system offering a more sustainable, personal service, the usage of compostable food packaging and an ORCA digester to help reduce landfill waste, and restrictions on plastic straws, which resulted in the reduction of more than 143,000 straws to date.
Additional sustainability efforts at Fiserv Forum include landscaping with native plants and implementing low-flow toilets and energy-efficient HVAC equipment. Fiserv Forum was built using high-recycled and reclaimed materials and regionally-sourced materials and the entirety of the building’s concrete and brick exterior is from the local Milwaukee community. Additionally, low-emission products help to provide healthy indoor air quality for staff and guests. Fiserv Forum’s district sits in a no-smoking neighborhood and features pedestrian and public transit access with electric car-charging stations available in the parking lot.
Fiserv Forum is one of many Populous-designed venues to achieve LEED certification recently with Audi Field, T-Mobile Arena, ICC Sydney, Georgetown University’s Thompson Center, the University of Utah’s Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility and the University of Colorado Athletics Complex all receiving LEED certification in the last few years.
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