Hord Coplan Macht-Designed Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture Achieves LEED Certification
BALTIMORE– May 4, 2011 – Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), an architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today that the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture has achieved LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The new Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture is home to a variety of County, State and Federal agencies that are involved with agriculture, including the County Soil Conservation District and the University of Maryland. The Center also serves as a resource for providing educational activities, supporting economic development to the agriculture sector, and promoting practices that enhance our natural resources.
The center has achieved LEED certification for reducing energy and water use, implementing storm water management strategies, providing regional, non-contaminating materials, amongst a variety of other sustainable features. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.