TAMPA — The Tampa Bay History Center has made history of its own.
It's the first Hillsborough County-owned building to achieve a LEED Silver certification for "green" construction, the county announced Monday.
The history center, a 60,000-square-foot building along the Riverwalk, was built using renewable materials, low-flow fixtures, highly efficient heating and cooling systems and water-saving landscaping, among other things.
The "silver" designation was given after a rigorous certification process by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
The LEED rating scale encompasses four levels, depending on the number of points awarded for the project, from "certified" to "silver" to "gold" to platinum."