Saturday, September 24, 2011

LEED Toyota Dealership Completed

Toyota of the Black Hills was awarded LEED® Certification, Silver Level
Toyota Dealership Re-Opens  

Toyota of the Black Hills has moved from downtown Rapid City to the growing commercial corridor east of town along Interstate 90 and into a new dealership building designed to be as environmentally friendly as the brand's signature Prius hybrid car. The dealership, at 1920 E. Mall Drive, was designed by Rapid City 

FourFront Design architect Heather Rederth to the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council, which offers several levels of certification demonstrating a project's low impact on the environment. Jerry Jasinski, who along with Kevin Randall owns the Toyota dealership and Rapid Chevrolet, said concern for the environment is "in the genes" of the company, which now has a range of hybrid vehicles and is working on an electric version of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle. Jasinski said the dealership was built with local materials, has a geothermal heating system and captures rainwater in a way that reduces silt runoff into the storm sewer system. "It's all about what kind of footprint you have on your community," he said.  Retail Construction Services of Minnesota was the contractor.