WOOD COUNTY OBTAINS LEED CERTIFICATION

On April 30, 2013 the Wood County Justice Center obtained it's LEED certification. The renovated office builiding consists of offices and courtrooms for the county's Magistrate Court system, public service windows for document pick-up and payment of fines, offices for the Sheriff's Department and Home Confinement, as well as a 12-hour inmate Holding Center.

In addition to providing improvements to the civic presence and security of the building, the new Wood County Justice Center achieved the LEED Certified designation for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The most sustainable decision the Wood County Commission made was to renovate/repurpose an existing office building. The decision gave use to a previously developed structure, and diverted a significant amount of waste from landfills. The existing HVAC system was removed and replaced with a more energy efficient system and new, energy efficent lighting was installed with automatic controls.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction in all 50 states and 120 countries.