When this project broke ground it was the first LEED Gold registered public building in the state. The facility’s grand opening occurred just back on April 18th, 2011, and as of today, Forden Station is the only LEED Gold public building in New Hanover County. The site serves as an educational facility for public transportation, environmental sustainability, and public art.
Stormwater will be managed onsite through raingardens and a vegetated “green” rooftop. The green roof reduces runoff through absorption and further acts as an insulation medium for the building, promoting reduced HVAC loads. Native vegetation used on the roof and on site will provide a natural environment and wildlife habitat. Pervious concrete reduces irrigation needs and assists in groundwater recharge. The building itself and exterior lounge areas were designed with respect to inclement weather and to maximize the use of sunlight and shade, regulating temperatures and requiring less electric lighting.
Water usage is minimized by the use of waterless urinals and toilets. The green roof, pervious pavement, native vegetation, and raingardens help in irrigation efforts and drastically reduce the amount of runoff entering the city’s stormwater system.
Energy and Atmosphere:
Engineers have estimated that the facility will reduce energy consumption by WAVE Transit by 45-50%. Geothermal heating and cooling was implemented on site and uses the constant temperature of the earth to provide Forden Station with all its A/C and heating requirements. The large ceiling fan in the lobby provides even air distribution and helps the geothermal equipment operate more efficiently. Solar glass paneled windows in conjunction with awnings and overhangs were designed to make effective use of seasonal solar heat gains and losses. All exterior lighting uses LED’s and fluorescent and LED lighting inside incorporates motion sensors, timers, and dimmers to reduce lighting energy consumption.
Materials and Resources:
All interior design materials and resources were extensively researched and verified as eco-friendly through a green product certification system and tracked to ensure they were manufactured as locally and regionally as possible. The facility exhibits locally recycled drywall and wood, 80% recycled tile and 100% recycled fibers in the carpets. An emphasis was put on high use and low maintenance; all materials are easily replaceable or adjustable, less-labor intensive, and cost-effective through material use reduction.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
Health is promoted with all paints, finishes, upholsteries, and carpets exhibiting low or no VOC’s. Other toxic chemicals commonly found in such products are further reduced through verification of green label product certification. Recycling areas are stationed conveniently across the facility and smoking areas with dispensers are designated at a minimum of 50 feet away from the building entrance.