AMD’s Lone Star campus in Austin got a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second highest LEED rating. LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” is “a benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. For this certification, site selection, energy and water efficiency, the use of local materials, and landscaping were all considered.
Two Austin buildings, Dell Children’s Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House, both in the Mueller area, have the higher platinum rating.
The Lone Star campus, which is home to AMD’s business operations and the Austin design engineering center, was designed and constructed by a diverse team of internationally recognized architects, engineers, ecologists and sustainability experts. The site development plan for the 58-acre, 870,000 square foot campus was based on three key tenets: limit site impact, protect water quality, and use innovative sustainable design. Some of the sustainable design elements include: