The USGBC – North Carolina Chapter presented the Sixth Annual Sustainable Business Awards on September 25 at the 2013 Green Gala. 450 guests attended this year’s Green Gala, which took place at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Charlotte.
The UNC Genome Science Building received the Thomas Edison Award, which recognizes an innovative solution to a green building problem, including existing, new or renovated buildings, systems or operations. The new University of North Carolina Genome Science Building (GSB) is the centerpiece of the SOM designed Bell Tower District mater plan. The project establishes a vital link between the historic north campus and the medical school to the south, and serves as a land reclamation effort, transforming a surface parking lot and back alley service area into a series of new science quadrangles, a park and an expansion of Coker Woods. The LEED® Certified Gold GSB is highly sustainable, featuring energy efficient lighting, high-performance glazing, special concrete for thermal performance, integrated shading devices, reclaimed storm water for all flush fixtures, chilled beams in the laboratories and a green roof