Lakeshore Foundation Housing Facility Goes Green

March 25, 2009, 11:09 a.m. (ET)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its newly renovated housing facility, the first renovated building in Alabama to hold the distinction.  LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third party certification program and the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. 

"We are extremely proud of receiving LEED certification, which represents our ongoing commitment to excellence, leadership, and stewardship in all that Lakeshore Foundation does," said Jeff Underwood, Lakeshore Foundation president. "We are thankful for the generous support of so many private and corporate members in our community and greatly appreciate the cooperation and support of KPS Group, Inc. and HOAR Construction."

The 54-bed housing facility opened in June 2008 and is used by injured military personnel and their families participating in Lima Foxtrot programs, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and youth program participants. The building adheres to LEED certification standards for environmentally responsible construction. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health;  sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

"Lakeshore Foundation is a mission driven organization focused on the quality of life for people with physical disabilities," said G. Gray Plosser, FAIA, LEED AP president and CEO of KPS Group, Inc. "It has been our pleasure at KPS Group to have worked on their Lakeshore campus for over 20 years. We are proud to be a part of their first LEED certified building, the Lakeshore Foundation Campus Housing Facility."

"The Lakeshore Dorm Renovation Project is successful on many levels, said Coker Barton, Vice President of Healthcare for HOAR Construction.  "Achieving LEED Certification takes a major commitment from the owner, design team and the construction manager. Hoar Construction is committed to the LEED process.  We have 45 LEED accredited professionals on our staff.  We are dedicated to supporting our clients and design team partners in the process of attaining the highest level of LEED certification possible."

Lakeshore Foundation is also proud to be on the forefront of environmentally conscious business practices and operations in the state of Alabama.  When the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce recently launched its Green Business Initiative, the Foundation was one of the businesses recognized.  Lakeshore Foundation is striving to be more environmentally friendly and recently developed new Green initiatives in addition to some of the more common practices such as recycling paper and other items.

Swimming Green

For the past seven years, water has evaporated from the pool to the ground at a steady rate of two to four gallons per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, thanks to Lakeshore Foundation Facility Operations Coordinator Tim Cameron's design and ingenuity, that water is being captured in a large tank, cleaned, and then recycled back into the pool.  Cameron estimates that his water recovery system, which has been approved by the Jefferson County Health Department, is conserving 100,000 gallons of water per month.

Cleaning Green

Starting in April of 2008, Lakeshore Foundation began using certified Green cleaning chemicals to clean the floor, bathroom and windows. The new chemicals are safe for the person using them as well as the environment.

Eating Green

Lakeshore Foundation purchases paper products from recycled papers instead of plastic products. Some of the cups used are made from corn products which deteriorate within a week versus plastic which takes much longer to decompose.

Lakeshore Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through fitness, recreation, and athletics. These programs help children and adults with physical disabilities maintain healthy and active lifestyles, as well as develop stronger self-esteem and improve independent living skills. For more information, visit