With 39 points awarded by the USGBC, the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center is the first prison in the U.S. to achieve LEED Gold certification. The medium-security housing is comprised of precast concrete modular cells stacked two high with precast infill panels. The system allowed the design/ build project to finish in 29 months. Precast concrete plant production is very efficient compared with alternative building systems, by design and through quality control and the National Precast Concrete Association's plant certification. Efficiency is particularly attainable in high-quality, repetitious cell production for correctional facilities. Green advantages of precast include:
- Reduced energy, material, and waste
- Maximized in-plant production, onsite installation efficiencies, and reuse of formwork
- Energy-savings with thermal mass
- Environmental protection through minimized construction waste, noise, and dust.
Owner: Washington Department of Corrections, Tumwater, Wash.