TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall officials will hold an unveiling ceremony for Tyndall’s new award winning “green” fitness center at 9 a.m. Aug. 20.
The 75,000-square-foot fitness center broke ground in October of 2008 and is the first building in the Defense Department expected to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum level; the highest rating possible under the council’s green building rating system.
“The design of the structure was recognized by the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment with a Merit Award for Concept Design,” said Mr. Brian Allen, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron mechanical engineer and project manager.
“The facility will account for $45,000 in annual energy cost savings, compared to a similar sized building without the same energy saving features.”
The facility will consume more than 40 percent less energy than a typical building of the same size.
Nine percent of the facility’s energy costs will be provided by renewable energy generated on the roof by solar panels and solar hot water.
Low and ultra-low fixtures will also decrease water consumption by more than 40 percent.
“Tyndall is committed to being a leader within the Air Force and the community for sustainability and environmental stewardship," said Mr. Allen. “This will be the first LEED Platinum facility in Bay County and Air Force-wide.”
To meet additional LEED standards, engineers used construction materials found within a 500 mile radius of the base, a move that reduced the energy costs and usage associated with long-distance transportation.
The $17.9 million facility will be staffed by 15 personnel and is expected to serve more than 900 people a day, said Lou South, 325th Force Support Squadron fitness director.
The fitness center has two basketball courts, racquetball courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a family workout area.
There are also multiple rooms available on the center’s second floor that large units will use for group physical training sessions.
Another feature of the gym is the Health and Wellness Center, which will provide personal counseling on healthy eating habits, quitting tobacco use and healthy lifestyle advice supporting the Air Force’s focus on Airmen being “Fit to Fight.”