Union Depot earns LEED gold certification
Union Depot, owned by Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification.
Union Depot in St. Paul offers a mixture of history and the future of transportation. Restored to its original 20th century elegance, the facility also incorporates 21st century green building ideas.
The RCRRA’s Board of Commissioners made sustainability a priority for Union Depot’s renovation, restoration and construction. Union Depot teams initially sought LEED silver status, but took extra steps to attain LEED gold certification.
“The LEED gold designation is a challenge to attain in an older building, especially one on the historic register,” said Rafael Ortega, Regional Railroad Authority chair. “High levels of creativity were required to maintain the historical integrity of the building while modernizing it to be relevant for the next century.”
The internationally recognized LEED program of the U.S. Green Building Council rates buildings, homes and neighborhoods according to environmental and sustainability best practices.