Forever Resorts develops LEED certified floating building

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale-based Forever Resorts has developed the nation’s first LEED certified floating green building, the company reported today in a release. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to help promote environmentally friendly design.

The project is underway at Nevada’s Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina on Lake Mohave, just south of Las Vegas. Upon completion, Forever Resorts says the structure will be submitted to become the first floating LEED certified structure in the nation.

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina recently registered the boat rental and marina service for construction, Forever Resorts said, and details will be unveiled during the Green Marina Launch on May 29 at 2 p.m.

“Forever Resorts has long been committed to preservation and environmental practices, and we couldn’t be more excited to make history by developing a building that embraces the eco-friendly principles we support,” said John Schoppmann, executive vice president of Forever Resorts.

The new green building is set to replace a 30-year-old structure and moorage for more than 220 vessels. In partnership with the National Park Service, Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina will strive to attain the highest LEED certification possible. The project is is scheduled for completion in summer 2009.

“This project will raise the bar for all green marinas,” said Collette Carter, general manager of Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina. “The teams working on our project are incorporating the newest and most innovative products available. In fact, some of these materials and products will be used for the first time ever in the construction of this building.”

The floating structure will feature sustainable modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials, fixtures and operations practices, according to Forever Resorts.

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