Following up on a 2003 commitment to ensure all new city projects meet or exceed silver LEEDS certification, the $43 million Water Centre in Calgary, Alberta, opened this week. The 800 men and women who work at The Water Resources and Services Department will now be working under the unique curved roof and glass structure of this 183,000 square foot building. The design allows it to be almost fully lit by the sun, which helped it attain the first gold LEEDS certification for a building in Alberta. All of its energy efficiencies equal a 40% savings in operating costs, which has the building paying for itself within 15 years.
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