Destiny USA achieved certification in February 2012 and established a precedent that all new stores within the expansion were lease obligated to obtain LEED© certification. Destiny USA was formally recognized as the largest LEED Gold certified commercial building in the world on February 6, 2012 from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
USGBC President and Syracuse native Rick Fedrizzi presented Destiny USA owner and founder Bob Congel with the prestigious award, stating the project was "a tremendous model for other retail and commercial enterprises for whom sustainable construction and development are operational imperatives."
"Destiny USA's retailers and venues are continuing to build the standard that LEED© built and certified stores are efficient, effective and a building trend in the US and across the globe," Lauren Staniec, Destiny USA's Director of Sustainability, stated. "We are so proud to be the home of more than 50 certified locations, with many of them achieving certification levels higher than the lease-required."
Twenty-seven stores have gone above and beyond the required LEED© level with 22 tenants achieving LEED© Silver, four achieving LEED© Gold and one, PUMA, achieving LEED© Platinum.
Destiny USA is a 2.4 million square foot tourist destination in Syracuse, NY that includes a strong mix of luxury outlet tenants, restaurants and entertainment. New brands are continuing to open to create a unique and dynamic consumer shopping experience. A stunning three-story glass atrium provides perfect weather year round. Oxford Economics has projected an annual visitation rate of over 29 million visitors from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Destiny USA is expected to be the second most visited shopping center in the country, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. It is the largest LEED® Gold certified retail commercial building in the world.
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