Overstock’s Peace Coliseum, its Utah-based global headquarters, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.
The 231,000-square-foot structure resembles a classic Roman coliseum from the ground and the iconic peace symbol from the air. Attributes that contributed to the LEED Gold Certification include the selection of a former EPA Superfund site as the location; installation of View Dynamic Glass, which reduces energy costs and improves employee comfort by automatically tinting based on the sun’s orientation, time of year, and weather conditions; a heating and cooling system that uses variable refrigerant flow technology that transfers heat energy created from an onsite data center to heat the building; water-saving plumbing fixtures; fresh air intake monitoring system; harvesting and manufacturing nearly one third of the construction materials from within 500 miles; sourcing nearly one quarter of construction materials from recycled components; and adjacency to a commuter rail and other public transportation.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“We’re proud Peace Coliseum is the latest LEED Gold Certified building on the Wasatch front,” said Carter Lee, svp/Overstock.com. “Sustainability was not an afterthought on this project; it was a major goal from day one, and I’m proud to say we’ve built an environmentally responsible corporate campus that rivals anything else in Silicon Slopes.”