By Brooke Ortale | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Going green is one of the top new features when building new facilities and Arlington's College Park Center stands out as one of the most eco-friendly arenas around.
As decided on by the eco-friendly website Lawnstarter.com, College Park Center has been ranked at the top of a list ranking the "greenest" college basketball arenas in the country.
College Park Center opened its doors in February 2012. The $78 million, 218,000-square foot arena plays host to UT Arlington's men's and women's basketball and volleyball team and will be the home court of the WNBA's Dallas Wings beginning in the summer of 2016. In fall 2016, College Park Center will be the host of the Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship, bringing in the top eight finishers in the conference's regular season.
The facility was designed by Dallas based architecture firm HKS with the thoughts of creating an eco-friendly environment. Some of the 7,000-seat arena features include energy efficient glazed windows, a roof that reduces the buildings solar load, a low-use water system and native landscaping.
When constructing College Park Center, 42 percent of the building materials came from within 500 miles of the UTA campus with over 85 percent of the waste being recycled. With the innovative use of the high-efficiency glazed window, power-reducing density of the interior lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems energy is being reduced by 15 percent.
When the facility opened in 2012, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded College Park Center was given the LEED gold level status. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's gold ranking is the second highest of the four tier level rating system.
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