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 (c)Lord, Aeck & Sargent

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©Jonathan Hillyer /Atlanta

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©Jonathan Hillyer /Atlanta

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©Jonathan Hillyer /Atlanta

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©Jonathan Hillyer /Atlanta

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Anne Taylor
Lord, Aeck & Sargent


Ann Kohut
Kohut Communications Consulting

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January 2009 Update

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center Earns a Rare 11 of 10 Points
for Optimized Energy Performance

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Lord, Aeck & Sargent announced today that in awarding LEED®1 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification to the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center in the category of new construction, the U.S. Green Building Council gave the project the maximum 10 points in the category of optimized energy performance, plus an additional point for exceeding the maximum (60 percent) energy savings tracked for this credit. The project tracked a 75 percent improvement in energy performance over a code-compliant base building.

            “To the best of our knowledge, it’s extremely rare for a project to achieve more than the maximum 10 points allowable in the USGBC’s optimized energy performance category, but frankly, we’re not surprised that our Blue Ridge Parkway project earned 11 points,” said Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED AP, director of sustainable development at Lord, Aeck & Sargent, which designed the Destination Center for the National Park Service.

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Award Winning Destination Center for the National Park Services

We first featured this wonderful project in our Journal of Indoor Environmental Quality and are pleased to present our readers with more of its architectural and mechanical features.

Press release excerpt :
After more than 20 years of planning, Blue Ridge Parkway has a new destination center to orient visitors to the history, culture and resources of the Parkway and its surrounding region.  At the same time, in keeping with the National Park Service’s sustainable design initiative, the new Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center serves as an exhibit of sustainable, environmentally responsible architecture.

 Designed by the architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent and targeting LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the $9.8 million Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center features a host of sustainable design strategies, including an innovative passive solar system to heat the building, day lighting to minimize use of electrical lights and a planted roof to help integrate the building into the site."

Read the full release here.

Key Features:

Vented Trombe Wall        

Energy Recovery Unit

Hydronic Radiant Heated Flooring

Green Roof, 100 Percent of Which Is Planted With Native, Drought Tolerant Plants

Photo Sensors That Turn On the Lights Only When There Is Not Enough Natural Light

Occupancy Sensors That Ensure Lights Are Turned Off When No One Is Occupying the Offices

Operable Windows in the Offices and the Exhibit Hall

A Storm Water Runoff System That Captures Rainwater.

 Zero VOC Paint and Sealants


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