Every year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. The main goal of Earth Day is to raise awareness of the negative impacts of mankind’s actions on the environment.
At Stewart, we recognize that the time is now to make changes to the way we design and build projects so that we may have a greener future. Sustainable designs can help protect the environment by reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimizing waste, and creating healthy, productive environments.
To honor Earth Day, we are excited to share details on a few of our LEED-certified projects. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. Click on the title of each project to learn the innovative ways Stewart designers and engineers achieved these forward-thinking goals.
Duke University Grainger Hall: LEED Platinum® Grainger Hall is home to the University’s Nicholas School of Environment. The new building’s site design was conceived as a rehabilitation project which transformed the former highly unsustainable site into a usable, sustainable, and cohesive natural campus system. A green roof, known as the “research roof,” consists of undulating topography which creates a myriad of growing conditions for students to use in their research. The entire garden was planted with edible plants which are maintained and harvested by the students. The students developed a currency system to exchange work in the garden for fresh vegetables. This excitement from the end-users has ensured the success of the rooftop garden.
East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute: The LEED Gold® Coastal Studies Institute is a new research and teaching campus within the UNC system located in Manteo, North Carolina. Sustainability was a key priority for this project. The building is elevated, allowing the natural landscape to continue beneath the building while providing panoramic views of the wetlands and the Croatan Sound.
NC A&T State University Student Union: North Carolina Agricultural and Technology State University wanted a student union that would serve as a campus focal point and acts as a multicultural hub for the student body. The design team accomplished this with one of the most complex designs ever seen in the state. The design had numerous structural complexities including long cantilevers throughout the entire building, a unique exterior wall system, and two expansive stairs. The three-story state-of-the-art facility achieved LEED Silver® status.
Revolution Regional Sports Academy: The Revolution Park Sports Academy involved the expansion of the existing nine-hole golf course to add First Tee (youth golf program), Charlotte Flight (track and field), Charlotte Boxing Academy, and PAL. Located adjacent to Irwin Creek Greenway, the state-of-the-art facility provides athletic and educational services to the local community, nurturing a sustainable social connection through sensitivity to culture, history, wellness, prosperity, and diversity.
The center successfully exhibits a holistic approach to sustainability by adhering to three main tenants at every level and scale. Socially and economically, the building design creates connectivity that is sustained through community interaction and sense of place while environmentally it maintains focus on regional design by responsibly managing the site’s natural resources. As Mecklenburg County’s first LEED Silver® project, the academy enhances its surroundings and betters the lives of its users.