Aztec Aquaplex


The Aztec Recreation Center is LEED Gold Certified for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance.

LEED Gold Existing Building Certification

As a result of AS "Green Love" initiatives, Aztec Recreation has implemented several sustainability practices and energy efficiency processes in our day-to-day operations.

Examples include:

  • Roof-top photovoltaic (PV) panels on the ARC save approximately 300 tons of greenhouse gas annually
  • 840+ photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Aztec Aquaplex
  • Thermal solar system at Aztec Aquaplex reduces amount of natural gas needed to heat the water
  • Solar water heating system at ARC supplies heated water for laundering workout towels
  • Water savings achieved through installing low-flow shower heads, low-flow urinals, touchless faucets in restrooms and installing synthetic turf instead of natural grass at Aquaplex
  • Reduced energy costs by re-commissioning the ARC's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system
  • Upgraded programmable thermostats to control room temperatures in the ARC
  • VFDs on the Aquaplex water pumps to reduce energy consumption
  • The cool "white roof" on the ARC reflects sunlight and decrease air conditioning costs
  • Installed 24 foot fans to improve air flow and user's comfort level, without increasing air conditioning, in exercise rooms and gymnasium in the ARC
  • Vending "misers" on refrigerated vending machines reduce energy use
  • Replaced inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR™-rated appliances
  • Replaced inefficient overhead light fixtures inside the ARC with highly efficient LED lighting
  • Occupancy sensors in the ARC control lights and reduce energy consumption
  • Replaced metal lockers with lockers made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled high density polythylene (i.e., recycled milk jugs)
  • Use of 100% recycled office paper
  • Use of EPA-certified post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
  • Improved recycling efforts by doubling the blue recycling bins throughout the facilities
  • Installed additional bicycle and skateboard racks
  • Conduct energy audits for all facilities


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