|Project Location:||Salmiya, Kuwait|
|Client/Owner:||Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)|
|A&E Consultant:||PACE Architecture, Engineering + Planning|
|LEED Consultant:||Green Technologies FZCO|
- Site Area – 383,762 SF
- No. of Buildings – 6 Buildings
- Gross Floor Area – 85,442 SF
- Rating System – LEED-NC v3
- LEED Design Approved ‘Points Anticipated’ – 52 Points
The Urban Greenery Research and Desert Development is a project of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), aims to demonstrate best practice in the field of research and development for the management of green space by current and future generations of Kuwait. The project is located in the dense urban coastal neighborhood area of Salmiya facing the Gulf Road.
In keeping with KISR sustainability goal, the development which is divided into two distinct sections described as the Western Section and the Eastern Section, will be refurbished with a number of new supporting buildings. It is designed to bring accessibility and flow for the visitors, and will showcase exemplar gardens dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants, including edible plant species.
In addition to landscaping the site, the project will be comprised of 6 buildings such as an educational and research facility, 3 observation pavilions, a demonstration greenhouse, and research office.
Pace Architecture Engineering + Planning has undertaken the project Design development and wants to obtain a sustainability rating, selecting LEED as the sustainability rating to be followed, in line with KISR sustainability goal of obtaining LEED Silver Certification for the development. PACE has engaged the services of Green Technologies for LEED consultancy services, to assist them in achieving this goal.
In accordance with this mandate, Green Technologies has selected LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations using the LEED Campus Guidance – Group Approach for LEED certification. Thus, this development within one LEED project registration, in a single LEED boundary will receive a single rating and certification. LEED points awarded will be based on the performance of the project as a whole.
In August 2015, the project has completed the Design Phase submission, where the project have demonstrated compliance with all the mandatory Design Prerequisites and earned 52 credit points mark as ‘Anticipated’ following the LEED Design Final Review Report from the Green Building Certification Institute.