Certified Project

Project Detail

IFAS Bee Unit Facility

1881 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
Certification Date:
October 9, 2020
Certification Level:
Certification Score:
Certification Version:
Registration Date:
September 14, 2017
Submittal Date:
February 26, 2020
Project Contact:
Dustin Stephany
Project Contact Phone:


University of Florida - IFAS
Kevin Heinicka
Office of Facilities Planning and Operations
245 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611


Occupancy Type:
Square Feet:
Affordable Housing:

Certification Review

Jennifer Languell

Green Achievements

  • Project team including the contractor uses BIM process to improve the efficiencies related to design, estimating, materials ordering, and construction
  • Provides permanently installed signage that educates building occupants and visitors of the sustainable features and benefits that were incorporated into the building
  • Designated project team member entered baseline building and proposed design building information into the EPA Target Finder Program
  • Used EPA Portfolio Manager to baseline and track building design and ongoing performance, and granted FGBC access to the Project Portfolio Manager account
  • Contracted with an independent third party commissioning agent
  • Owner was provided a copy of the design review comments and a copy of the recommissioning document prior to construction
  • The building has at least a minimum of a 5% energy savings above the current minimum energy code
  • Provided a copy of the green power purchase contract
  • Installed occupancy sensors that are equipped to automatically turn lighting off within 15 minutes of all occupants leaving a space and allow "manual off" control
  • Building has an "all off" policy where all interior lighting is on a timer, or motion sensors with override, so no lights can be left on after regular business hours except for security lighting
  • All installed toilets have a least a minimum MaP (Maximum Performance) rating of 800 or greater or are WaterSense Certified
  • All lavatory faucets are low flow, WaterSense, or sensor faucets
  • All kitchen faucets have a flow rate less than or equal to 2.2 gpm
  • All installed showerheads have a flow rate less than or equal to 2.2 gpm
  • Florida Friendly Landscaped using at least 60% of plants and trees from the Florida Friendly Plant list
  • Turf is installed on less than 50% of landscape
  • All plants and trees are compatible with local environment microclimate
  • Plants with similar maintenance requirements are grouped together
  • No cypress mulch is used and is applied 3 -4 inches deep around plants with no volcano mulching
  • Irrigation has separate zones for turf and landscape beds and uses a multi program controller
  • High-volume irrigation does not exceed 60% of landscape areas
  • Irrigation uses head to head coverage for rotor/spray heads
  • Correctly installed Micro-irrigation in landscape beds and narrow areas
  • Minimizes overspray on impermeable surfaces
  • In poor drainage (low) areas, irrigation heads are installed with check valves
  • Owner and FGBC were provided with irrigation plan and instructions
  • Irrigation heads have matched precipitation rates
  • Pop-up sprinkler heads significantly rise above turf grass height
  • Site is not developed on prime farmland, flood prone areas, habitat for threatened species, 100 feet of wetland, or public parkland
  • Was built on a site that is located inside the designated Urban Growth Boundary
  • Was built on a site that was listed as "Permit Ready" and designated by local government as preferred growth area
  • Site is located within ½ mile of an existing or funded rail node Or is within ¼ mile of at least 1 active bus stop
  • Building is ls located on a site that is within 1 mile of residential developments with minimum density of 10 units per acre
  • Building is within 1/2 mile of and has walkable access to basic services
  • Meets minimum zoning requirements for open space or provides vegetated and shaded areas equivalent to the square footage of the building footprint, or 25% of the site, whichever is greater
  • Sidewalks for all paths are marked and are a minimum of 4’ wide, stable, firm, and of slip resistant materials
  • Connections are provided to adjacent sites via sidewalks, bike paths, and or trails
  • Parking provided on site is less than required by local jurisdiction
  • A minimum of 80% of the sites hardscape is shaded or uses high albedo hardscape
  • The Roof was designed to reduce heat island effect
  • The quality of stormwater discharge has been increased
  • Project provides securing locations for minimum of 2 bicycles or 1 bike rack per 10,000 sf of retail and 25,000 sf of commercial
  • Project provides a minimum of 1 changing room per 15,000 SF of building
  • Full time occupants have access to a shower facility , free of charge, located on site or in an immediately adjacent facility (within 200 yards)
  • Meets Dark Sky Requirements by using light levels and uniformity ratios recommended by the IESNA Recommended Practice Manual: Lighting for exterior Environments (RP-33-99)
  • Systems designed to monitor humidity within the building and activate an audible alarm w/corrective action plan
  • The dehumidification system is centrally located, permanent, and services the entire building
  • Main entrance of the building is covered with no less than 50 square foot of roof to protect entrance from rain
  • The mechanical ventilation system includes a minimum MERV 13 air filter
  • All rooms containing chemicals or cleaning products for building O&M are ventilated and under negative pressure with respect to the building and have a door which will automatically close
  • A passive or active system is installed for building location to mitigate for radon
  • Building had a Pre-occupancy IAQ test
  • All adhesives & sealants are low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and meet the VOC limits
  • Interior paints and coatings are less than 150 g/l for non flat paint and less than 50 g/l for flat paint
  • Exterior paints and coatings are less than 200 g/l for non flat paints and less than 100 g/l for flat paint
  • All carpet and carpet products meet the Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label Certification Program
  • A minimum of 80% of the flooring installed is classified as hard or resilient and comply with GreenGuard or similar health related certification
  • All composite wood and agrifiber products will contain no added urea-formaldehyde
  • All insulation products are free of formaldehyde
  • Only non-toxic cleaning supplies are used in the regular maintenance of the building with a list of approved supplies posted in janitor closets and common areas such as break rooms and restrooms
  • 50% of occupants can directly control their lighting either through ambient or task lighting
  • 50% of occupants can directly control their thermostat settings
  • A minimum of 50% of occupied spaces receive daylight via clearstories, solar tubes, light shelves or translucent panels to improve the indoor environment quality
  • Occupants’ comfort and productivity are increased by providing appropriate acoustical control for the building occupants
  • 75% of full time occupants have line of sight from their work station to the exterior
  • A minimum of 250 sf non- smoking covered or screened in area outdoors is provided for employee meetings or lunch breaks
  • At least 20% of recycled materials were used for construction
  • Wood products used are FSC, SFI or CSA certified
  • Developed and implemented a waste management plan to recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of construction, demolition and land clearing waste
  • Used materials that can be recycled by the manufacturer into raw materials stream of another product and are recycled through a structured existing program
  • Used materials on the floors, walls, and ceilings that can be maintained in a serviceable condition with minimal periodic cleaning for 100% interior finishes and 50% (by surface area) of the exterior
  • At least 25% of building materials and products were manufactured within a 700 mile radius of the project site
  • Uses an alternative to traditional soil poison for termite treatment
  • Physical barriers are used in addition to or in lieu of traditional termite treatments
  • Used a skilled pest control professional to develop an Integrated Pest Management Plan that monitors and prevents pest populations
  • Uses pesticides only “as needed”, selects the least hazardous pesticides for control of targeted pests and uses precision targeting of pesticides to areas not contacted or accessible to the occupants
  • Finished floor elevation (FFE) is at least 12” above the 100 year flood plain or finished grade adjacent to building whichever is higher
  • All grades around the building slope away from the foundation a minimum of 6” at 10’-0” distance
  • All mechanical equipment pads are at least 12” above the 100 year flood plain or finished grade adjacent to building whichever is higher
  • Utilizes fire resistant exterior wall cladding, roof covering or subroof, soffit and vent materials
  • Exterior cladding other than wood or vinyl is used on all exterior walls
  • Roof covering other than asphalt shingles or wood shakes is used on the entire roof

Green Team Contacts


Jack Ponikvar
Ponikvar & Associates
720 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-372-1378


Bryce Hartley
Parrish McCall
3455 SW 42nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-378-1571

Designated Professional

Dustin Stephany
University of Florida
245 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-870-3796


Mark Hertz
H2 Engineering
114 East 5th Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-224-7922


Mark Hertz
H2 Engineering
114 East 5th Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-224-7922


Mark Hertz
H2 Engineering
114 East 5th Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-224-7922

Landscape Architect/Design

Robert Walpole
CHW Engineering
132 NW 76th Drive, Gainesvill, FL 32607
Phone: 352-519-5906


Kevin Heinicka
University of Florida - IFAS
Office of Facilities Planning and Operations, 1390 Date Palm Drive, Ga, FL 32611
Phone: 352-294-3802

Project Manager

Frank Javaheri
University of Florida
245 Gale Lemereand Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4027