by Sarah JF Braley | March 26, 2020

The Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, has earned LEED Silver certification for existing buildings operations and maintenance.

"We are extremely proud and credit the hard work and commitment of our staff in achieving LEED Silver at the Palmer Events Center," said Trisha Tatro, interim director of the Austin Convention Center Department. "Our environmental program and whole-building approach reflect our dedication to sustainability."

All of the electrical power for the Palmer Events Center, as well as the Gold-certified Austin Convention Center, is supplied by Austin Energy's GreenChoice program, which is generated by wind turbines. The facility diverts 35 percent of all waste away from landfills through the building's comprehensive recycling, reuse and composting program.

The Palmer Events Center, with its gently asymmetrical sloping roof, features two column-free exhibit halls that combine for 70,000 square feet of space, as well as 50,000 square feet of covered outdoor canopies. There are also five 1,000-square-foot breakout rooms. 

"While the Palmer Events Center was not LEED-certified as a new building in 2002, its energy and environmental levels of performance have earned a Sliver LEED certification for an existing building," said Camala Jones, environmental program coordinator at the Austin Convention Center Department. "Being in the heart of Butler Park and Auditorium Shores at Town Lake, architects and engineers kept LEED goals in mind when designing the facility."