ST. LOUIS — Enterprise Fleet Services has announced the grand opening of a new environmentally friendly facility for its operations center in Maplewood, Mo. (St. Louis County). Not only is the new space designed to comply with standards established for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, it is one of the first projects to qualify for the new Commercial Interiors (CI) category for leased space. The Enterprise Fleet Operations Center expansion project, which has already received preliminary acceptance by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), represents the first instance of a fleet management company being considered for LEED certification. LEED certification emphasizes strategies for sustainable site development, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Only projects that have been accepted by the U.S. Green Building Council can be considered for LEED certification. The new Enterprise operations center will house the National Service Department, New Vehicle Acquisitions, Claims Management, and Business Management. Construction work included retrofitting a 50-year-old, pre-existing, two-story warehouse with a steel and glass facade. To minimize construction waste and maximize flexibility, Enterprise included raised flooring, movable walls, and zoned plug-and-play data, and electrical. In addition, an under-floor HVAC distribution system will lower utility requirements and provide better indoor air quality for employees. The U.S. Green Building Council is a coalition of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.