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Fun Fact: Apogee, Olympic stadiums have similarities

Apogee Stadium crowd, 2011The centerpiece of the London Olympics is the 80,000 capacity Olympic Stadium, below. Right here in Denton, 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, UNT’s Apogee Stadium has something similar. What is it?

A. Electric toilets.

B. Vegan hot dogs in the food court.

C. Zoysia grass.

D. A nomination for an international award.

The correct answer is D. Both stadiums were finalists for the Most Sustainable Design Concept in the 2012 World Stadium Award competition. Awards were presented at the World Stadium Congress in June in Qatar. Other finalists were the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa; World Cup Stadiums, Qatar; and the London Olympic Stadium, which received the top award.

The awards are sponsored by IQ Construction, part of the International Quality and Productivity Center, which organizes conferences for business and industry in conjunction with relevant global firms.

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Apogee Stadium, above in 2011, a LEED Platinum Certification, making it the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve the highest level of LEED certification.

The Mean Green open the season at the now world-famous Apogee Stadium Sept. 8 versus Texas Southern. Football fans from everywhere will see the stadium Oct. 16 when UNT plays Louisiana-Lafayette in a game televised by ESPN2.

Kirk Teske, chief sustainability officer for stadium architects HKS, submitted this description to conference organizers:

Arenas and stadia evoke strong memories for sports fans … The HKS-designed UNT Apogee Stadium is arguably the greenest athletic facility in the world and is the first new stadium to receive the USGBC’s Platinum LEED certification. Its drastically reduced carbon footprint and on-site renewable energy systems will raise environmental awareness to thousands of sports fans every year …

The project successfully achieved all of its functional, aesthetic and environmental performance goals within the original construction budget … Among other environmental goals, aggressive energy-efficiency goals were established .. that impacted numerous design decisions such as glass selection, lighting design, mechanical systems.

Go green. Enter to win a UNT-branded, eco-friendly shopping bag, T-shirt, water bottle and lapel pin, perfect to use when you attend football games at the honored Apogee Stadium. Send an email to InHouse with “World Stadium Award” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Aug. 10. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

Apogee Stadium’s sustainable attributes, Teske wrote, are beyond what is commonly achieved on green building projects:

  • Grid Energy Use Reduction -  46 percent below ASHRAE 2004
  • Energy Cost Reduction - 39 percent below ASHRAE 2004
  • Energy Use Intensity - 27 kBtu/sf/yr
  • On-site Wind Power - 30 percent (450,000 kWh)
  • Off-site Wind Power - 40 percent
  • Indoor Water Use Reduction - 52 percent
  • Irrigation Water Reduction - 70 percent
  • Native Landscape Restored - 50 percent
  • Total Carbon Reduction - 68 percent
  • Construction Waste Reduction - 80 percent
  • Regional Materials - 42 percent                             

The London Olympics conclude with closing ceremonies Aug. 12 in the Olympic Stadium, below.

London Olympic Stadium 2012

Posted on: Tue 07 August 2012

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