NKAI was contracted to produce a preliminary LEED study for a new 300-acre Rock and Roll amusement park to be located between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Due to the scale of the proposed theme park, the USGBC's LEED for Neighborhoods was chosen to base the analysis on. The study looked at how to optimize the transportation from Phoenix and Tucson to the park and how to minimize the environmental impact that the park will have on the neighboring town of Eloy.
Additionally, due to the number of physical structures that will be built on the site, each enclosed structure can obtain a LEED certified (or higher) rating. The site and the buildings were reviewed for the five main categories of LEED: Site Selection, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials, Indoor Environmental Quality, and perhaps most importantly given the projects location, Water Efficiency.
Considering the nature of the site, most notably the intense summer conditions, when designing the park’s layout, buildings, and attractions to minimize the parks energy usage, increase the park-goers’ comfort and lessen the parks environmental footprint
Reducing the environmental impact of the park’s ongoing operations, including water usage, energy usage, and pollution of various types such as light pollution, storm water runoff, solid waste and emissions
Working with the adjacent community at a very early point in the design process. Community related impacts include jobs, infrastructure, and local commodities
Taking advantage of intelligent infrastructure design to increase the park’s operational efficiencies and decrease energy usage
Reducing water usage, which includes water management on site, at the various rides and within the numerous buildings
Effectively planning for short-term and long-term transportation to and from Phoenix and Tucson
Minimizing the impact of the infrastructure and main park construction
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