The LEED Process
The Whittier Narrows Natural Area is a 300-acre parcel of land administered by County Parks and owned by the Army Corps of Engineers; the Discovery Center will incorporate 11.3 acres of the 300-acre natural area. As a LEED Platinum design—the highest LEED rating—a primary goal is to limit the environmental footprint of construction.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized rating system for environmentally friendly and cost-effective building projects. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.