Originally Published: February 14, 2013 9:59 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Catalyst Architecture LLC joins only eight other Arizona firms that have achieved a LEED-Platinum certified project, said Matt Ackerman, principal and project manager for Catalyst.
Catalyst achieved the LEED-Platinum rating for the visitor center at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Valley of California, Ackerman stated in a news release. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is the flagship program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Catalyst designed the center at 17,000 square feet for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it is the third LEED-certified project that Catalyst completed. Ackerman described it as being a net-zero energy building, which means the building contributes more power than it uses.
Catalyst designed its second LEED-certified project at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Its first LEED project was the James Learning Center at the Highlands Center for Natural History in the Prescott National Forest.