by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 24, 2017
The Washington State Convention Center in Seattle has achieved LEED Silver certification in the category for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. In order to meet the designation's standards for energy, lighting and water use, the facility's systems had to be retrofitted. 
"This new certification meets the city of Seattle's sustainability and environmental-impact goals, as well as the requirements of a number of convention clients who are looking for green operations," said Jeff Blosser, president and CEO of the WSCC. "This certification is a commitment of the overall operation -- a way of doing business -- not just a one-time effort. Moving forward, the WSCC continues to play a significant role in the green-buildings movement here in Seattle."
The WSCC received sustainability and innovation credits as part of the certification process for its handling of waste: The center diverts roughly 70 percent of its garbage away from landfills to recycling and compost facilities, putting the WSCC in the top 5 percent of businesses nationwide in waste-diversion efforts.
A major expansion is in the works for the WSCC, as construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the year on a $1.6 billion project to double its size to more than 850,000 square feet of space. Further LEED certification will be sought for the expansion, which will open sometime in 2020.