The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is an interpretive learning center focusing on the value of water and its conservation. The facility includes the Blue Planet Theatre, interactive exhibits for children, a laboratory, a gift shop, and office and support space. Sustainable features include a one acre green roof, graywater for toilet flushing, waterless urinals and low flow plumbing fixtures, daylight harvesting, a cooling shoals water feature that functions as part of the cooling system, and a fan assisted natural ventilation system.
Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control.
Telephone and data systems for the interpretive learning center.
Lighting of both changing and permanent exhibit areas, the interactive Blue Planet Theatre, the gift shop, and office space. Outside there are a series of trails linking outdoor interpretive experiences. This building is designed at less than one watt per square foot of lighting energy, with lighting control strategies including occupancy sensors feeding fluorescent fixtures with dimming ballasts.
Access control and video surveillance systems.
This project is the recipient of the First Place award in the Environmental Category from the Georgia Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), 2006. It has also been named the Best Cultural Building in Southeast Construction magazine’s Best of 2007 awards program in Environmental Design + Construction magazine. It is the recipient of an American Institute of Architects, Huron Valley chapter, Honor Award in the Building category, and an Award of Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Georgia Chapter.
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