Cable giant Comcast recently joined a prestigious group of businesses that own a LEED Platinum-rated building. The company’s Sonoma County Operations Center recently received LEED Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The operations center is located in Sonoma Mountain Village, an award-winning sustainable community in Rohnert Park, Calif.
The 35,000 square-foot operations center houses 150 Comcast employees who provide maintenance and field service support for customers in the area. In order to achieve LEED Platinum certification, a wide variety of green construction and design features were used including environmentally friendly janitorial service, support for bicycle commuters — including storage, showers, and changing rooms — locally sourced and salvaged materials, and sustainably harvested wood products.
The main eco-friendly feature of the building is that it is 100 percent solar powered. The operations center generates zero carbon emissions from energy use. Additionally, the water saving features allows the facility to use about 46 percent of the water used in a comparably sized building.