Hitting a (Green) High Note

Sweetwater Sound, the third largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, has gone platinum.

The company’s Fort Wayne campus is Indiana’s first commercial building to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification (the highest rating) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Unveiled in January 2008, the 150,000-square-foot facility contains office, retail, warehouse and studio space. 

Among sustainability construction/design features:

• 19,026 (or 98%) tons of construction waste were diverted from landfills

• 31.4% of materials contain recycled content

• 80% of regularly occupied spaces throughout the office have access to daylight

• Annual water usage savings total 54% (restrooms contain waterless urinals; low-flow, light-powered faucets with occupant sensors; and dual flush toilets)

• 44% of materials were extracted, harvested, recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site

Great to hear that one of Indiana’s growing success stories is receiving additional recognition for its environmental efforts. See the company details; read about Sweetwater Sound in the March-April 2008 BizVoice magazine; check out the current "green" issue of BizVoice.