USGBC Event April 26, Gville FL

Green Building Meets Historic Renovation

Once a primary stop on the route between the cities of Fernandina Beach on Florida’s East Coast and Cedar Key on the West, the 1860’s era Gainesville Train Depot is getting a “Green” renovation, and will serve as a model for inter-agency and corporate co-operation for future Green renovation projects across the United States.

Today, the Depot is poised to become a significant public attraction at Depot Park, a new city park proposed near the intersection of Depot Avenue and South Main Street. Unique in its conception, the Depot will be an example of Historic Green renovation, utilizing reclaimed longleaf heart pine by Goodwin Heart Pine, restored doors by Williston Door & Millwork and post recycled copper gutters & downspouts by The Copper Worx, among other reclaimed and recycled materials.

photo courtesy of Gainesville CRA


Join Us for the Old Gainesville Depot Tour

This Event is sponsored by the USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter, and will be held on April 26th, 5:30 – 7:30. There is a $5 fee for USGBC members & $10 fee for non-members. This is a construction site, the entrance is a gate on Depot Avenue opposite SE 2nd Street. For your safety, closed-toed shoes are required, no high heels please and no smoking.

Speakers will include:

  • Bert Bender of Bender and Associates, the project architect; an energetic speaker with expertise in historical projects.
  • Coley Pitt of West Construction ,the builder, who will will highlight some of the green products used and how they made this LEED project come together.
  • Food provided by West Construction.

During the fall of 2011, the Gainesville CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) and it’s contractor, West Construction Inc., started  rehabilitating the building’s core and shell. Once completed, the CRA will work to identify tenants who can utilize the space, potentially providing dining and retail opportunities to activate this important public space for Gainesville.

Be sure to stop by to see this wonderful historical treasure restored and grab some great grub in the process!

Project Partners:

City of Gainesville and Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency

Project Funding:

City of Gainesville

Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency – Downtown

Wild Spaces Public Places

Florida Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Gainesville Regional Utilities

Florida Department of Historical Resources

Project Team:

Project Management: Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency

Design Team: Bender and Associates Architects, P.A.

Construction Team: West Construction, Inc

Inspection: Gray Construction Services, Inc.