Lynnwood City Center Station campus earns LEED Gold certification

A light rail train at the Lynnwood City Center Station. (Photo by David Carlos)

Just two months ahead of the opening of the Lynnwood Link Extension on Aug. 30, Lynnwood City Center Station has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The certification is for the entire station campus including the station, parking garage and public plaza areas, according to a Sound Transit news release. LEED certification provides independent verification of sustainable design and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

“This LEED Gold certification for Lynnwood City Center Station is a significant milestone, exemplifying our commitment to sustainability,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine. “It sets a high standard for future stations and serves as a powerful reminder that the environmental benefits of light rail extend far beyond the transit system itself.”

“This achievement is the result of the hard work and shared vision of the construction team, engineers, designers and Sound Transit staff who collaborated on the Lynnwood station,” said Terri Mestas, Sound Transit’s Deputy CEO for Mega Capital Project Delivery. “They fulfilled Sound Transit’s commitment to creating a sustainable campus that will serve as a model for future LEED certification of other new Sound Transit stations and that will become a new standard throughout the system.”

Key members of the design team were LMN as station architects, HNTB as lead engineers, and O’Brien 360 for sustainability certification. Skanska Constructors L300 JV did the civil construction for the project.

The certification recognized several areas of achievement, including the quality of the transit connections at the station, protection of habitat including restoration of Scriber Creek, energy efficiency of lighting and mechanical systems and diversion of construction waste.

Specific achievements include the following:

• 30% energy cost reduction vs the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline, with advanced metering for real-time monitoring.

• 34% indoor water use reduction through efficient fixtures vs EPA baseline.

• 71% reduction in irrigation water use through native, drought-tolerant plant species vs EPA baseline.

• 85% of open space covered in vegetation via pedestrian promenade, walkways, bike trails, and planting areas.

• 81% of construction waste diverted from landfills.

• 100% of paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring, ceiling and insulation met LEED low-VOC requirements.

  1. While we at SmarterTransit.org applaud the LEED certification for the Lynnwood station the amount of carbon generated by the construction of these elevated cement tracks, tunnels and bridges vastly overwhelms any savings the station might provide. That carbon is forever in our atmosphere. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the federally mandated planning agency for our region, documents this in their Transportation 2050 Plan. The 2050 goal for our region is an 83% reduction. The Plan shows only a 6% reduction. Please see https://www.psrc.org/media/5942 pg. 7. The two green bars tell the story. In 2016, voters in Snohomish and King County approved $54 billion for ST3. Pierce County voters did not. Today, the projected cost is $148 billion and includes overruns from ST1 and ST2. Yet according to that 2050 Plan, Sound Transit trains will carry only 3% of all the daily trips by car, transit, ferry, walking and biking. Meanwhile, traffic increases by 35%. Light rail is called light because of capacity not weight. It is meant to serve very dense corridors for short distances. Elevating and tunneling it becomes a nightmare for communities, businesses, sensitive areas and our attempts to reduce CO2 emissions. With minor exceptions, ST3 is still in the planning stages. Please see our website, smartertransit.org. documentation of our numbers and how you can help bring accountability to this agency.

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