Tampa Y Earns LEED Award
The awards keep piling up for the Bob Sierra North Tampa YMCA Gymnastics Center. But this time it has nothing to do with gymnastics and everything to do with social responsibility.
Last year, the Gymnastics Center became the Tampa Y’s first LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certified building in its 129-year history. That same building recently won an award for Outstanding LEED for New Non-Profit Construction. The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region announced the winners of its 2017 LEEDership and Green Awards Program last month.
The Y owes this top distinction to longtime Governance Board Member Cy Spurlino and his wife, Joanne. The couple encouraged the Y to build the 12,000-square-foot Gymnastics Center in an environmentally-friendly, responsible and efficient manner.
“Thanks to Mr. Cy Spurlino, the team was asked to pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification and that certification makes sure the building is not only energy-efficient and water-efficient…but also uses materials that are healthier, safer and more durable so (the gymnasts) can train in a safe and healthy indoor air quality building,” says Real Building Consultants President Taylor Ralph.
The Spurlinos also motivated the Y to shoot for LEED® Gold certification while building the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road. By this time next year, the new Y in Gibsonton will feature four electric car charging stations, a solar panel array and plenty of outdoor views. Thanks to the Spurlinos, the Y is fully invested in helping our environment. Together, we are strengthening our community!
Pictured above: The Bob Sierra North Tampa YMCA Gymnastics Center credits a recent environmental honor to Tampa Y Governance Board Member Cy Spurlino and his wife, Joanne.