BBH Design is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Central University Nursing Building has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The project set high sustainability goals using local materials, over 30% water conservation, and high energy efficiency.
The selected project site was the former home of Holy Cross Church. In lieu of demolishing the historic church structure, salvaging and recycling portions of it, and sending the rest to a landfill, the University chose to relocate the building to a historic area of campus and restore it as a campus and community resource.
The new Nursing building provides active exterior landscaped areas, an amphitheater for student/faculty use, as well as a contemplation garden. The exterior patterning of the local brick abstracts the nature of African-American quilts, used here as a symbol for the comforting nature of a nurse’s persona.