Mark your calendars to join students from Everglades University (Sarasota Campus) and other attendees on a tour of the beautiful LEED Gold headquarters of Willis A. Smith Construction.
Sponsored by Willis Smith and USGBC Florida Gulf Coast's Myakka River Branch, this special opportunity will introduce attendees to its beautiful, mega-green, 18,000 sf headquarters. The EU students will be attending in conjunction with a LEED Certification and Green Sustainability fall-term course.
Willis Smith, a privately held construction management firm based in Sarasota providing expert commercial builder services since 1972, achieved its goal of LEED Gold about eight years ago, and since then the company has been a model in the region for just about every facet of its headquarters. The campus not only showcases the potential of sustainable construction, but it also encourages clients to consider incorporating sustainable features, even small ones, into their own projects.
For example, Willis Smith’s solar system, which produces 69,500-kilowatt hours per year, has paid off. The company’s energy use is now net zero, meaning the company produces as much energy as it consumes.
Its water use system is just as impressive. The company uses reclaimed water for irrigation, potable water for coffee and sinks, and harvests rainwater from the roof in two, 3,000-gallon underground cisterns for flushing toilets. Just one inch of rainfall completely fills their two cisterns with a 60-day supply.
During construction, the company recycled much of its waste, used low-emission glass and insulated windows, and incorporated recycled materials and low-VOC paint, carpeting, glue and manufactured wood products inside.
Come out and get a first-hand private tour of this impressive campus!