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LEED Platinum Building Planned for AIA NC’s Headquarters

Posted By Jessica Dailey On December 17, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments


While rooftop gardens are fast becoming the norm in major cities like San Francisco and New York, the new headquarters [2] of the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects is bringing the first green roof [3] to Raleigh. Designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA [4], the building is set to meet LEED platinum standards.

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Described as a “modern shell with a green heart,” the building boasts much more than just a green roof. The vegetated roof filters rainwater, and a buried rainwater cistern collects water for reuse. The structure is oriented to protect the interior from harsh sunlight while still making the most of day-lighting and ventilation. Perhaps the site’s coolest feature is the parking garden – a lot made from porous pavement supports cars and functions as an open green space while eliminating storm water runoff.

The building and the landscape are designed as one intertwined and interdependent system. Any soil or land that is removed for construction is reused in a different location on the site to create an elevated landscape. The structure sits on a narrow piece of land situated between Peace College [6] and the North Carolina Government Complex, and the architecture reflects its surroundings. The city-facing wall greets the neighborhood at the natural grade and establishes a more urban facade, while the north end of the site rises to meet the Government Complex. The designers hope the building sets a precedent for green architecture [7] in North Carolina. The building should be complete within 10 to 12 months.

+ Frank Harmon Architect PA [4]

Via Arch Daily [8]

Images © Frank Harmon Architect PA

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/leed-platinum-building-planned-for-aia-ncs-headquarters/aiahq03/

[2] new headquarters: http://www.frankharmon.com/current/3/

[3] green roof: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof/

[4] Frank Harmon Architect PA: http://www.frankharmon.com/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/leed-platinum-building-planned-for-aia-ncs-headquarters/aiahq02/

[6] Peace College: http://www.peace.edu/

[7] green architecture: http://inhabitat.com/category/sustainable-building/

[8] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/96222/aia-ncs-new-green-headquarters-frank-harmon/

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