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National Park Service goes green while replacing damaged structures

Posted on Tue, Jun 07, 2011
  
  
  
  
BY KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL - click to see full article & video

From a distance, the new building at Lake Mohave's Cotton­wood Cove Marina looks like any other office building except that a dock leads to its front door instead of a sidewalk.

But a closer look reveals that this 2,000-square-foot marina operations facility is unlike any other in the world.

In fact, according to the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, which teamed up on the project, the building is the first floating one in the world to be registered for a gold certification under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the international rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council.

After a year in construction, the $660,000, eco-friendly building, which floats in the marina 13 miles east of Searchlight, was dedicated Monday.

"It was a perfect opportunity to do something monumental," said Rod Taylor, regional vice president for Forever Resorts, concessionaire at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes Lake Mohave.

What makes the building so friendly to the environment?

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