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    {mosimage}The Fayetteville Public Works Commission continued its commitment to a sustainable community as it broke ground on its LEED-registered Customer Service Center Wednesday morning adjacent to the PWC Operations Complex on Old Wilmington Road.
    The 10,000 sq ft. building will be one of the first buildings in Cumberland County to be built to LEED standards and is expected to be open in mid to late 2009. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED is designed to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. The PWC Board and General Manager were joined by members of the Fayetteville City Council during the ceremonial groundbreaking as well as the designing Architect- Walter Vick, AIA of the LSV Partnership of Fayetteville and the General Contractor- Construction Management & Development Services, LLC of Raleigh. System WorCx is the project’s commissioning and LEED Consultant.
    The center will serve over 25,000 customers that visit PWC each month and is one of eight projects currently LEED registered within Cumberland County.
    When completed, could be the first local project to be LEED certified. The project meets over 25 LEED standards including:
    •Providing parking for low emitting/fuel efficient vehicles & carpool/vanpool vehicles.
    • Storm water runoff controlled through bioretention basin.
    • Located on public bus routes.
    • Use of low-flow water fixtures and waterless urinals.
    • Building features, efficient geo-thermal heat pump, electrical systems and automation systems are designed to reduce energy consumption.
    • Geothermal heat pump eliminate the use of refrigerants.
    • Solar reflectant roof surface.
    • Motorized louvers on building’s west side will minimize energy cost by adjusting to the sunlight exposure.
    • Revolving door will minimize air loss and help maintain optimal operating temperatures.
    • Use of durable, long-lasting materials minimize maintenance costs and use of cleaning chemicals.
    • Use of building materials include at least 20% recycled material.
    • Incorporates day lighting and direct/indirect lighting fixtures with lighting controls.
    • Lighting installations minimizes light pollution from building.
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