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Sound Transit's Angle Lake rail station earns LEED Gold

The station opened in September 2016.
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Sound Transit's Angle Lake light-rail station has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The designation results from Sound Transit's use of sustainable practices in the construction and design of the station, which opened in SeaTac, Washington, in September 2016.

LEED certification is the most widely used sustainability rating system in the world, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.

"The Angle Lake Station exemplifies the creative ways in which transit facilities can function as sustainable resources in their communities," said Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff. "Achieving LEED Gold status for our newest Link station is a testament to Sound Transit's commitment to use taxpayer dollars to design and build facilities that contribute to the health of our environment here in the Puget Sound region."

Sustainable features incorporated into the station project included a 60-panel, 14-kilowatt solar array on the platform canopy. Also, station escalators slow down when not in use to conserve energy.

Contractors also used regionally produced and recycled materials when building the station to save on fuel costs. The contractor team included PCL Civil Constructors Inc., HDR Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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