March 26. 2012 11:00AM - Last modified: March 26. 2012 11:25AM

Miller Park achieves LEED certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Milwaukee’s Miller Park is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified in the category of Existing Building Operations & Maintenance, making it the first stadium with a retractable roof and just the third Major League Baseball stadium overall to receive the designation.

The honor recognizes the Brewers and its partners, led by facility manager Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), for their commitment to sustainability and efficiencies in the operations of Miller Park.
Miller Park is one of the most complicated buildings ever certified in the LEED Existing Building rating system, due to the nature of the facility, the sheer volume of people, materials, vendors, the operable roof, and overall complexity of the building operations. Only two other Major League Baseball stadiums have achieved LEED for Existing Buildings (AT&T Park in San Francisco and Target Field in Minneapolis), and both of them are open-air facilities. The retractable roof makes meeting energy and ventilation thresholds more challenging.
“We are thrilled with the news of the LEED certification and want to thank all of our partners who were involved in the process,” said Milwaukee Brewers executive vice president of finance and administration Bob Quinn. “It is a challenge to achieve the designation in an existing building of this size and type, but we have all been focused on the end goal. Earning this designation means that we have significantly improved our sustainability and energy efficiency, and the benefits extend to the organization, our fans, partners, and the environment.”
The LEED certification process involved coordination with many additional stakeholders at Miller Park. In addition to the Brewers and JCI, key partners included Performance Clean LLC, Sportservice,  Grumman/Butkus Associates, Waste Management and The Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District. Others involved included ImPark, Hunzinger Construction, Mortenson Contruction and Uihlein Wilson Architects.|
“LEED certification at Miller Park required a tremendous team effort. Johnson Controls is proud to have facilitated the process to achieve the rigorous goals set by the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system,” said Kim Hosken, director of green building services, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls. "The Brewers organization deserves the recognition for their commitment to make Miller Park among the most sustainable stadiums in professional sports."