Two Building Group Projects Earn LEED Gold Certification — Center City Green Parking Facility in Charlotte and General Mills Expansion in Albuquerque
August 26, 2011

The Building Group recently received notice from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that the General Mills expansion our team constructed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has achieved LEED Gold Certification. A week later, the Building Group learned that Center City Green, our award-winning parking deck and mixed-use project in Uptown Charlotte, also has achieved LEED Gold Certification (Core & Shell). Although both projects were targeted for certification at the Silver level, the projects surpassed original expectations and scored enough points for LEED Gold ratings.

About the General Mills Project
The Building Group provided design, preconstruction and construction services for this major expansion to an existing General Mills facility under a design-build contract. The project schedule was both aggressive and challenging with only nine months from award to project completion in late 2009. Our design-build partner was BE&K Engineering. The 180,000-square-foot addition was constructed with a precast concrete structure and envelope, insulated metal panels and utilizes an energy efficient roof. Included were mezzanine level mechanical, refrigeration and electrical areas. Our scope of work included all process support utilities as well. The facility obtained LEED credit for developing a brownfield site, and was credited for the unique distinction of retaining 100% of the storm water runoff on site, thereby ensuring no storm water contribution to the surrounding areas.

About the Center City Green Project
The Building Group broke ground on the 12-story, upscale parking facility in June 2008 and completed the project ON OCTOBER 30, 2009. in December 2009. Our project team proudly delivered the $27.6 million project early, receiving the Certificate of Occupancy 11 days ahead of the contractual completion date. The developer, Spectrum Properties — as well as the majority end user, Bank of America, with which we also worked closely — was pleased with both the quality of the deck and the early delivery. Last year, our team was honored with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) or the Carolinas’ highest honor — the Eagle Award — in that organization’s 2010 Excellence in Construction Awards competition. Center City Green won in the Commercial Projects — $25 to $50 million category.