Under the guidance of the State Construction Office, the Continuing Education & Industrial Center was one of the first projects in North Carolina to go through the Advanced Planning process. Smith Sinnett Architecture was awarded the 2014 State Building Commission “Certificate of Merit” for this renovation.
This project required the evaluation of an adjacent property, including an outdated building, to discern how it could be converted into a machining, technology, and business development center. This facility is the first LEED certified building on the RCC campus.
Sustainable features are not limited to but include the following: reuse of an underutilized manufacturing facility, a quarter of the site has been reserved as natural area, high SRI roofing membrane to reduce heat islands, lighting controls to reduce light pollution at night, thirty-two hundred gallon rain harvesting tank for rain water storage, water efficient fixtures that reduce water usage by twenty percent, reusing ninety-five percent of the existing building shell, diverting fifty percent of construction waste from landfills, air flow stations monitor ventilation and air quality, low emitting materials, thermal comfort design, reduction in energy consumption by forty-two percent.