Cactus Corner CDC is LEED Gold Certified. So What?

On 10 September 2012, the Happy Hearts Child Development Center (CDC) consolidated with the Cactus Corner CDC, which is located on Barstow Road near Outer Loop Road. The Cactus Corner CDC has newer, smaller classrooms, which promote smaller ratios and more individualized attention. These newer, smaller classrooms, are part of a project completed in 2011 to make the Cactus Corner CDC the first LEED certified building on post.

So what does LEED certified mean? According to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) website:

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

What does it measure? See detailed descriptions here.

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation & Design Process

Now you know what LEED Gold Certified means, and why it matters to the CDC and our Fort Irwin community. To take a virtual look inside the Cactus Corner CDC, watch the video below.


Related Links:

Fort Irwin child development center sets gold standard for entire Army, 21 April 2011,

A merger for the better, 6 September 2012, High Desert Warrior

Open house showcases services at CDC, 13 September 2012, High Desert Warrior

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