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Walter Vick, AIA, Discusses Sustainable Design in the PWC Customer Service Center.

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Published on Mar 14, 2012

PWC opened its LEED-certified Customer Service Center on Nov. 23, 2009 adjacent to the PWC Operations Complex at 955 Old Wilmington Rd.




The 10,000 sq. ft. building is one of the first buildings in Cumberland County to be LEED certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED is designed to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improve occupant health and well-being.




The building's designing architect is Walter Vick, AIA, of the LSV Partnership of Fayetteville and the General Contractor is Construction Management & Development Services, LLC, of Raleigh. System WorCx is the project's commissioning and LEED Consultant.

The project meets over 25 LEED standards including:

+ Providing parking for low emitting/fuel efficient vehicles & carpool/vanpool vehicles.




+ Storm water runoff controlled through bioretention basin.




+ Located on public bus routes.
+ Use of low-flow water fixtures and waterless urinals.
+ Building features, efficient geo-thermal heat pump, electrical systems and automation systems are designed to reduce energy consumption.




+ Geothermal heat pump eliminates the use of refrigerants.
+ Solar reflectant roof surface.




+ Motorized louvers on building's west side will minimize energy cost by adjusting to the sunlight exposure.




+ Revolving door will minimize air loss and help maintain optimal operating temperatures.




+ Use of durable, long-lasting materials minimizes maintenance costs and use of cleaning chemicals.
+ Use of building materials includes at least 20% recycled material.




+ Incorporates day lighting and direct/indirect lighting fixtures with lighting controls.




+ Lighting installations minimize light pollution from building.

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