JetBlue Park has a green monster wall in left field, and now the stadium is "green" certified.
The spring training home of the Boston Red Sox this month became certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, building. LEED is the nation's top program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
JetBlue Park was designed to reduce life-cycle costs by cutting energy use by about 26 percent of that of a traditionally designed stadium. The stadium also is expected to reduce water use by about 1.7 million gallons a year compared to a traditional ballpark.
All told, JetBlue is estimated to save Lee County more than $100,000 a year, or more than $3 million over the life of the Red Sox lease agreement. JetBlue Park held its grand opening celebration Feb. 25.
Five Southwest Florida businesses named Blue Chip Award finalists
Owners of five local businesses have become finalists for the 18th annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.
One business will receive the 2012 award at the annual luncheon, Thursday, Nov. 1, at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers. It's free and registration begins at 11 a.m.
This year's finalists: David Wacker, Intech Printing & Direct Mail Inc., Naples; Shelly Osterhout, Computer Solutions of America, Fort Myers; Rob and Annette Lopez, ServiceMaster-CCS, Charlotte and Lee counties; Peter Garda and Larry Smith, owners; Matt Smith, vice president; P&L Foods Inc., doing business as Stan's Coffee Service, Fort Myers; and Kim and Gerard Campanella, Bicycle Center of Port Charlotte.
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Vasquez joins CBIA as membership director
Amelia Vasquez has joined the Collier Building Industry Association as membership director.
Her responsibilities include developing and implementing programs and services, member recruitment and retention and serving as liaison to the Sales and Marketing Council. Vasquez holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Hodges University.
For more information about CBIA, visit www.cbia.net.
K2 Design wins award in England
K2 Design Group Inc. in Bonita Springs recently won the International 2012 Cocotraie Award for "Best Interior Design" in London, England.
K2 Design was recognized for their inspiring design of a Bali-style residence on Captiva Island after the home was destroyed by a hurricane. K2 Design is an award-winning, single-source architectural, interior design and construction management firm founded in 1994.