June 12, 2008
Triangle-Built James B. Duke Library at Furman University Earns LEED Gold Certification
Triangle Construction Company of Greenville is proud to announce that the James B. Duke Library at Furman University has achieved
Among the three other projects in South Carolina to achieve LEED Gold Certification is another Triangle-built project at Furman University - Herman N. Hipp Hall, completed in May of 2002 and designed by Craig Gaulden & Davis Architects of Greenville.
Serving as project superintendent for Triangle Construction on both the James B. Duke Library and Herman N. Hipp Hall was George Sweet, a ten-year Triangle veteran and probably one of the few superintendents in the country with two LEED Gold projects on his resume. Triangle’s Green Building efforts are led by two LEED Accredited Professionals, vice president Bryant Nixon and project manager William Trammell.
The James B. Duke Library is Triangle’s third LEED Certified Project; Greenville’s fourth LEED Certified Project; and South Carolina’s 20th LEED Certified Project. Triangle also constructed the LEED Certified Centennial Hall at Lander University in Greenwood.
Triangle’s association with Furman University and Green Building continued with the recent completion of the Cliffs Cottage at Furman, Southern Living magazine’s first sustainable Showcase Home. Located on the Furman campus and opening to the public June 14, 2008, The Cliff’s Cottage was built to LEED standards and is a model of environmentally responsible design, building techniques and materials, and energy-saving systems. Virtually every design element, inside and out, reflects the concept of environmental sustainability.
According to the US Green Building Council, The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
The James B. Duke Library earned credits in all six categories of evaluation: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design process.
Triangle achieved a level of 75 percent recycling during construction, diverting construction waste from landfill. Materials were selected for high percentage of recycled content. An innovation credit was earned in the use of regional materials, with 58 percent of total project materials based on cost manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. In addition, materials were selected with low volatile organic compounds in the areas of carpet, paint, adhesives, and sealants.