Independence Station, a mixed-use development in Oregon, may attain 64 LEED points.
Independence Station, a mixed-use development in Oregon, may attain 64 LEED points.
The goal is ambitious. The developer of Independence Station is attempting to achieve more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points than any other mixed-use building project registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Independence Station is a 57,000-square-foot complex with 15 condominiums, a restaurant, retail and office space, and a research lab and classroom.

This project in Independence, Ore., was the brainchild of developer Steven Ribeiro, with Aldeia LLC. “We can learn a lot about sustainability from yesterday's small town environment,” says Ribeiro. “This project will borrow the best of those elements while updating the built environment and the pedestrian-friendly main street with today's sustainable building technologies.”

The project could gain 64 LEED points, which is well beyond the minimum point total for platinum certification by the USGBC. Construction should be complete by late fall 2008.

Independence Station had rapidly renewable energy and materials science teams involved in the award winning design phase. The team's goal is to run the power systems on 74% less energy through renewable sources, including vegetable oil and the sun.

The project team favored a radiant heating system, utilizing the concrete slab for its thermal properties. The owner specified a polished concrete floor system for most of the finished concrete surfaces.

This process is a dry-grind method of concrete floor finishing and concrete surface restoration that captures potential airborne particulates during installation and leaves behind a high traction, reflective finish with a natural aggregate or a colorful terrazzo-like finish.

L&M Construction Chemicals will supply the FGS/PermaShine system of polished concrete flooring products, including the slab densifier and the L&M VividDye coloring system.

Don Brown Concrete Finishing is the certified installer that will oversee the flattening, grinding, coloring and polishing of the concrete floors when the project enters its final phase. The plans call for some space to utilize the water-based L&M VividDyes, which are VOC-free, while other portions of the slab will be decorated with recycled glass and natural concrete aggregate.

Once the process is completed, the floor maintenance routine is minimal with the application of the FGS/PermaShine Conditioner.

The floors' gloss and reflectivity also can reduce the number of lighting fixtures needed during initial construction, potentially reducing long-term energy costs, while enhancing the natural light streaming indoors.

Another benefit to polished concrete surfaces is the potential for reuse as the building use changes. The next project team can reuse the floor, diverting waste from the landfills and extending the life span of a large portion of an existing structure.

For more information on the flooring system in this article, visit, or telephone L&M Construction Chemicals at 800-362-3331.