Wilders Grove Service Center Certified LEED® Platinum

The LEED Platinum certified facility was previously awarded the Institutional Innovation Award at the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards.

Solar photovoltaic roof panels generate 12.5% of the electricity for the facility. Occasionally, the solar generated electricity exceeds facility needs and is returned to the power company’s grid.

Solar tube skylights and clearstory windows provide natural light inside the facility.

Demonstration garden includes sun and shade drought tolerant plantings and compost mulch.

Interest in recycling and conservation afforded an opportunity to include an educational component to the project. The facility is set up for schools and other groups to visit and learn about the many aspects of solid waste management, including a demonstration of rainwater collection methods.

Vehicle wash recycles 85% of wash water, and reuse water is used for supplemental water.

Water quality, from stormwater runoff, is addressed by a combination of methods, including: a 55,600 cf wet retention pond, 16,000 sf of permeable paving, biorention, oil/water separators, and vegetation.

(RALEIGH, NC – February 6, 2014) – The City of Raleigh’s Wilders Grove Service Center has been LEED® Platinum certified – the highest level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Hazen and Sawyer led the design of the Service Center.

“The Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services facility is more than a practical, functional space for our department’s operations,” said Frederick Battle, director of Raleigh Solid Waste Services. ““The facility represents our department’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability.”

The Service Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. Specific features of the facility include:
• Highly reflective hardscapes and roof surface that reduce heat island effect.
• Dark sky light fixtures and exterior lighting design that do not allow light to trespass beyond property lines, reducing light pollution.
• Reuse water used for 100% of flushing loads.
• Use of potable water has been reduced by 72%.
• Energy optimization that has resulted in a 44% savings in energy consumption.
• Geothermal heat pumps and hot water system were incorporated.
• Solar panels that offset 15% of the energy cost of the building.
• Built in recyclables collection cabinets.
• 94% of on-site generated waste has been diverted from landfills by recycling.
• 38% of the building materials, by value, contain recycled materials.
• 50% of the building materials, by value, were sourced within 500 miles of the site.
• Low VOC materials were used throughout the facility.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The The City of Raleigh’s Wilders Grove Service Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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