Robins home to new LEED facility Published March 18, 2011 By Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller 78th ABW/PA ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Marine hangar recently became the first facility at Robins certified under a new and important energy engineering standard. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, recognizes new construction and renovations which incorporate green building concepts into their design, building and performance. Green building concepts range from energy savings to improved indoor environmental quality. "It's all about providing safer, healthier facilities," said Bill Buecker, military construction program manager in the base's civil engineer squadron. "LEED is all about being sensitive to the environment," Buecker added, noting "The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity." The hangar is used by 120 active-duty members assigned to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, who maintain AH-1W Cobra and UH-1N Huey helicopters, and they are pleased with the end result. "The hangar we occupied at Dobbins Air Reserve Base was over 50 years old," said Marine Lt. Col. Steve Godinho. "So, simply having a new and modern building designed specifically for our squadron requirements was a big improvement." According to Becky McCoy, 778th Civil Engineer Squadron director, all Air Force military construction projects must now be designed and built within new U.S. Green Building Council guidelines. She said those involved with LEED projects are excited about their potential to help the environment. "Engineers care about LEED because we care about our planet, our children, and future generations," she said. "The earth's future depends on how well we manage our natural resources today."