Green Circle _ 2008
The 23,000 square foot Green Circle Shopping Center received a LEED Platinum rating in February of 2010, the first project of its type to receive such a certification in the United States. It incorporates regional and recycled materials, utilizes sources of renewable energy including a photovoltaic array, and maximizes energy efficiency with the use of a geothermal system. Meeting the client’s needs, the site location was treated with great sensitivity. Over 40 existing trees were preserved to provide green space for recreation and visual relief.
The accessible roof deck provides the opportunity to interact with the vegetated green roof featuring an iconic flowering dogwood tree. This green roof reduces water runoff and diverts rainwater to an onsite cistern. A visitation center has literature and informative displays which help the public understand the goals of the center and why sustainable design is critical for the quality of the environment and future generations.