FEA Enables The Austin Convention Center to Bring Home the Gold

January 30, 2012 (Dallas, TX) – Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) is proud to announce the achievement of LEED Gold certification under the Existing Buildings rating system for the Austin Convention Center (ACC) in Austin, Texas. FEA worked with the Austin Convention Center for over two years to achieve this designation. This makes ACC one of only ten convention centers in the country to achieve LEED certification under the Existing Building rating system and one of only two to reach LEED Gold.

ACC is proud of their effort to not only achieve LEED Gold certification, but in their additional project achievements, including reducing indoor water usage by 32%, recycling 68% of their waste, decreasing their carbon footprint by 93%, and operating at an energy efficiency level 26% better than their peer-comparison baseline.

“We are tremendously proud of this achievement,” said Mark Tester, director of the Austin Convention Center Department. “Not only is the Austin Convention Center bringing economic benefits to the city of Austin, it is also a model of sustainability that will continue to set the standard in the industry. Credit certainly goes to the convention center staff’s dedication and commitment over the past four years to obtain the gold level, under the guidance of David Thomas, ACC Operations Manager, LEED-Accredited Professional and Certified Facility Manager.”

 This accomplishment marks FEA’s seventh such project under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system and we remain committed to partnering with facilities in their desire to achieve LEED certification, building sustainability, environmental awareness, and operational excellence.
When developing the strategy for LEED-EB certification the Austin Convention Center knew that we wanted a consultant working for us that understood the interworkings of Sustainable Facility Management. In FEA, we found that company. They had a strong understanding of the challenges we would be facing and were proactive in their approach. Their work has been a major factor in our obtaining LEED-EB Gold success, helping us to become one of the most sustainable convention centers in the country,” said David Thomas, ACC Operations Manager, CFM, LEED AP O+M.
FEA is a nationally based consulting engineering firm specializing in existing facilities. Our services provide solutions to extend the life cycle of facilities. FEA’s mission is to make buildings last by implementing practical, sustainable, and cost-effective strategies. For more information on FEA, contact us at 877.322.4589.