Arizona marina office is first LEED-certified floating building

SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. — The National Park Service and Forever Resorts will dedicate Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina’s floating building project as the first floating building to receive LEED certification on Monday, according to a release from Forever Resorts, which is the owner of the resort.

Serving as the operation office for Cottonwood’s marina, the floating eco-friendly structure located on Lake Mohave is expected to be certified at the LEED Gold rating, the second highest rating in the green building certification system.

According to the release, the structure features modular construction and state-of-the-art energy efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. The Decking is made of composite rice hulls and recycled plastic, while the exterior stucco is made of recycled tires.

“It was a visionary team made up of private industry and government led by our partner Forever Resorts that transformed this idea into action,” Bill Dickinson, superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said in the release.  “We’re setting the standard for eco-friendly floating buildings. There is no better place than in a national park to do that.”

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