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Nationals Park is First to Earn Leed Certification

On the field, the brief history of the Washington Nationals is not one that will inspire many baseball fans. But the organization did score a noteworthy “first” in March when it opened Nationals Park, the first U.S. stadium to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) environmental certification from the U.S.Green Building Council. To earn its LEED Silver rating, the 41,000-plus seat ballpark features numerous environmentally friendly elements, including low-emissions coatings systems (both industrial and architectural) high-efficiency lighting, highly recycled materials and low-flow plumbing fixtures.Stadium is a Hit

"We'd heard it would be $10 million or $20 million more than normal to build a LEED-certified park," says architect Joe Spear of HOK Sport, which designed the stadium with Devrouax + Purnell. "In the end, it was pretty affordable — somewhere around $2 million more."

Products such as Sherwin-Williams PrepRite Block Filler, Pro-Cryl Universal Primer, Water Based Epoxy, Centurion WB Urethane and the ProGreen 200 line were in use throughout the stadium. With credits earned due to other specification considerations, the exterior steel was finished with Acrolon 218 HS.

Banker Steel, LLC, of Lynchburg, Va., fabricated and shopcoated the structural steel. The Glynn Group of Washington, D.C., applied on-site coatings.

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