KiDiNews: KiDiMu is all Green, Inside and Out!

It's Official!

The Museum has been recognized with LEED® Silver certification award…

In August, the U.S. Green Building Council gave KiDiMu the prestigious Silver rating for Commercial Interiors, to follow the Core and Shell certification from June.

“This is such an exciting time for KiDiMu and our community! With LEED Silver certification, the building itself becomes a learning opportunity and an example of good stewardship of the environment.” said KiDiMu’s board president Diane Crowder. “The certification is a great honor and a “seal of approval” for a job well done. We feel fortunate to have had the community support and expertise of the Island Gateway team to help us succeed.”

KiDiMu “LEEDs” the Way!
KiDiMu’s new home is the first building on Bainbridge Island (and one of the first in the county) to receive both awards, which places it among the nation’s leading buildings in sustainable design.

Planting Wildflower Seeds in Front of KiDiMu

KiDiMu’s Home Will Teach You a Lesson
While discovering KiDiMu, families can explore various aspects of the building that make it earth-friendly. They can even take a self-guided “Green LEED Tour” of KiDiMu. In addition, many of the museum programs and camps feature the subject of environmental education.

“It is a delight to see families climb up the pathways to check how the living roof is doing, or get visiting children excited about planting seeds or composting. In our new home, the lessons learned have a better chance to sink in,” Crowder added.

“It’s not Easy Being Green…” but it’s Smart!
Designed, developed and built through the partnership of Coates Design, Asani, and PHC Construction, the KiDiMu building provides an environmentally-healthy and ecologically-friendly public space for Bainbridge Island and visiting families alike.

By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

KiDiMu's Living Roof

The KiDiMu building’s location, within a walking distance from the ferry and the center of town, its water and energy saving design, and recycled and non-toxic building materials all play a role in reaching LEED certification, which holds the highest national standard for building design.

“We are very excited about the LEED Silver rating for the KiDiMu. This will make it one of the first buildings in Kitsap County to receive both the interior and exterior LEED rating. There couldn’t be a better space for a kids’ museum! said Asani project manager and a KiDiMu member Craden Henderson.