Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building receives LEED Gold certification

December 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

LEED Gold sealArchitecture and design firm Vocon helps Federation create sustainable community space

CLEVELAND (Dec. 13, 2011)—The Mandel Building of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland has been awarded Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The LEED rating system is an internationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The Gold ranking certifies that the building, renovated in 2010, successfully employs a variety of sustainable measures that improve performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

“As we planned the renovation of the Federation’s new facility, our commitment to the environment was paramount in our decisions regarding the use of recycled materials, increasing energy and water efficiency,” said Michael Siegal, Jewish Federation of Cleveland board chair. “These are major components and considerations in achieving sustainability now and for the future. I am thrilled that our LEED certified Mandel Building brings to life a core value of our Federation.”

The interior design and renovation of the building was led by Vocon, a Cleveland based architecture and design firm that seeks to bring sustainable design elements to all of its projects.

“It was a pleasure working with an organization as committed to environmental stewardship as the Federation,” said Valerie Molinski, sustainability coordinator, LEED AP BD+C, Vocon.

Vocon architect and LEED AP BD+C Heather Schmit added, “From the maximization of natural light to the use of regional materials and energy efficient systems, no detail was overlooked in pursuing LEED certification.”

The project received LEED Gold due to its focus on recycling and waste reduction, improving indoor air quality, increasing energy and water efficiency, and encouraging alternative forms of transportation.

Highlights of the “green” aspects of the building include:

  • Use of recycled building materials, regionally manufactured products and eco-friendly FSC certified wood
  • Use of low-emitting paints, furniture, flooring and other finish materials
  • A rooftop solar array that generates onsite renewable energy estimated to prevent 1,500 tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere over 25 years (the equivalent of planting 54,000 trees)
  • Indoor bicycle storage, staff showers/changing rooms, and reserved carpool parking spaces
  • Water-efficient faucets and toilets that reduce the building’s water consumption by more than 40 percent.

LEED is a point-based rating system in which projects earn points based on how well they satisfy green building criteria. The Mandel Building earned every credit point that was sought.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland aims to send zero waste to landfills by 2019.

About Jewish Federation of Cleveland

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is a nonprofit charitable organization that supports social service, educational and humanitarian efforts that improve lives in Cleveland and worldwide. For more information, visit

About Vocon

Established in 1987, Vocon is focused on creating distinctive, productive work environments for private- and public-sector clients throughout the country. It has offices in Cleveland and New York. Some of Vocon’s notable clients include Cleveland Clinic, Goodyear, Jones Day and KeyBank. Vocon provides services through three business entities: Vocon Design, Vocon Architecture and Vocon Partners. For more information about Vocon, visit

Media Contacts

Celia Solloway, or 216.593.2794

Cristy Cote, or 216.696.0229


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