To celebrate the Spurlino Y earning LEED Gold certification, Tampa Y President & CEO Matt Mitchell and Executive Director Jeremy Hester gifted special plaques to Creative Contractors, Fleischman-Garcia Architects, Real Building Consultants, The Phoenix Agency and Spurlinos.
The Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road has earned a first of its kind in Hillsborough County! The center is now the first LEED Gold certified Y location and the second LEED Gold certified Y building in Hillsborough County.
To celebrate, on Feb. 28, Tampa Y President and CEO Matt Mitchell gifted special plaques to Creative Contractors, Fleischman-Garcia Architects, Real Building Consultants, The Phoenix Agency and Spurlinos. Longtime Governance Board Member Cy Spurlino and his wife, Joanne, encouraged the Y to build their namesake Y in an environmentally friendly, responsible and efficient manner. The duo is also behind the Tampa Y earning LEED Gold certification for its Gymnastics Center at the Bob Sierra North Tampa Y in Northdale/Carrollwood.
LEED is the recognized global standard for high-performing green buildings. LEED Gold certification means the Y in Gibsonton displays responsible stewardship of the resources provided by generous donors. Building green not only preserves natural resources; it also protects the health of Y members, guests and staff within the building. With a LEED Gold certification, the Spurlino Y now stands alongside some of the most innovative buildings in the country.
The Spurlino Y also won the Environmental and Entertainment Merit Award from the Hillsborough County Planning Commission late last year. Over the past 15 months, the Spurlino Y has been providing much-needed services to more than 14,000 members in the rapidly growing Riverview/Gibsonton community.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Creative Contractors, Fleischman-Garcia Architects and Real Building Consultants, the Spurlino Y has set a new standard for future Y buildings throughout Tampa Bay,” says Matt. “We feel it is an obligation to all community stakeholders to make responsible decisions with the resources provided. Future Tampa Y projects will reflect a modern design and an energy-efficient infrastructure. The money saved from operating more efficient buildings will be reinvested into a Tampa Bay community that needs a strong YMCA now more than ever.”