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Sustainable practices are becoming standard in architectural design, and it was LS3P’S goal to incorporate “green” design features throughout. As construction progressed, the entire team aimed at achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, which is the national standard for mea-suring sustainability in a building. “When the project was bid and started, it was not a LEED project,” Thompson says. “During construction, it was converted to a LEED project, which is very unusual. But the team was able to achieve it by working together, studying the plans and coming up with what we could to make it happen.” Susan Eaton, general manager and director of sales and marketing for the Wilmington Convention Center, says meeting planners often look for LEED certification when choosing a facility. The convention center project eventually attained LEED-silver certification and won an Engineering Excellence Grand Award. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONSTRUC-TION Many LEED items, such as water and energy efficiency, reduce operational costs. The center contains efficient plumbing fixtures that use 40 percent less water than standard fixtures and a white roof to reflect the sun. Other LEED items, like erosion control or recycling programs, benefit the community. “There were a lot of skeptics about the project before it was completed,” PLAQUES THAT EXPLAIN THE CON-VENTION CENTER’S AND PRACTICES Miller says, “but I’ve heard that a lot of those same people who didn’t think it ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE BUILD-ING. was a good idea have changed their minds. They’ve seen all of the effects and the folks it has brought into downtown. They’ve seen the building and visited it for themselves for a meeting or another event. It is great when a project can change someone’s mind when they see all it is doing for our city.” COMMERCIAL DESIGNER/ ARCHITECT & INTERIOR DESIGNER LS3P Associates, Ltd. BUILDING CONTRACTOR J. M. Thompson Co. CIVIL ENGINEER WK Dickson STRUCTURAL ENGINEER & SURVEYOR Stewart Engineering MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Jordan & Skala Engineers ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS Catlin Engineers and Scientists LANDSCAPE DESIGNER ColeJenest & Stone LANDSCAPING Freeman Landscape Inc. BRICK MASON Bat Masonry EXTERIOR MATERIALS Advanced Exterior Systems EXTERIOR GLASS AND STOREFRONT Brinn Glass Inc. OUTDOOR STONEWORK Fred Adams Paving Co. ROOFING Baker Roofing Co. SITE WORK Cape Fear Paving Co. AUDIO/VISUAL Strategic Technologies ELEVATOR Elevator Specialists of Carolina Inc INTERIOR TRIM & INTERIOR TRIM SUPPLIER Casework Etc. ELECTRICIAN & ELECTRIC FIXTURES, PLUMBING & PLUMBING FIXTURES, LIGHTING FIXTURES & HVAC T. A. Woods Co. COMMERCIAL KITCHEN Trimark Foodcraft SECURITY SYSTEM Simplex Grinnell, LP FLOORING SUPPLIERS David Allen Co., Terrazzo; Carolina Commercial Floorcovering, Resilient Flooring, Carpet Tile, Base FIRE PROTECTION Sunland Fire Protection, Inc. RESOURCES Creating this Business of Distinction 74 WBM june 2016


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