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JSNN Building gets LEED Gold rating

Exterior photo of The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) BuildingThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) Building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

JSNN is a joint school of NC A&T State University and UNCG. The JSNN Building is a 105,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research facility with numerous specialized nanotechnology resources. It is located in the south campus of Gateway University Research Park on Lee Street.

JSNN achieves a 30 percent reduction in energy use and a 51 percent reduction in water use when compared to conventional buildings of the same size. Also, JSNN’s iconic, transparent glass entrance combined with other design features enables 79 percent of the occupied areas in the building to receive natural light. Its location at the entrance to the research park invites interaction with the community it serves, and offers a dramatic view into the sleek, cone-shaped auditorium at the front of the building.

LEED GOLD certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Some of the key factors which Gateway included as part of the JSNN’s design and construction include:

  • Use of paint, carpet, sealants and adhesives that were low in volatile organic compounds;
  • Installation of high efficiency air filters to provide cleaner indoor air;
  • Light pollution reduction measures such as interior and exterior fixtures equipped with automatic lighting sensors to automatically turn off non-essential lighting during business and non-business hours;
  • Utilization of roofing materials, which significantly reduce the heat island effect;
  • Recycling materials during and after construction;
  • Intentional inclusion and placement of designated parking areas proximate to the building entrance specifically designated for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles as well as bicycle storage facilities.

In addition, the building met these additional sustainable benchmarks:

  • Enhanced commissioning
  • 96 percent of construction waste recycled
  • 31 percent of construction materials contain recycled content
  • 46 percent of construction materials are regionally-sourced
  • 74 percent of the wood used is from FSC-certified forests

HDR Architecture, Inc. designed the sustainable building, working with the joint-venture construction team of Barton Malow/Samet/SRS.

Last year, the JSNN facility won a Merit Award for Excellence in Construction from the American Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas. It also won the Star Award as 2012′s most outstanding new construction project in North Carolina in the over $20 million category. That award was presented by the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina.