LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
NLR Electric Administration Building
LEED Gold 2013
There are many design aspects that qualified this facility for LEED certification, but many of these are behind-the-scenes that most people will never see ... you are able to see better, hear better, breathe better, and ultimately think and work better. That is what we were going for and that is what the city should be commended for.
As the electricity provider for the City of North Little Rock, the North Little Rock Electric Department (NLRED) needed to expand beyond the accommodations of their existing facility to meet increased demand and provide necessary services. They found an existing site and building near the North Little Rock Municipal Airport that could be expanded to meet their growing needs. The site was developed using a campus concept, incorporating the existing building, landscape features, parking, and utilities. The campus buildings are divided into three main areas: Administration, S.C.A.D.A. (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and Construction Services.
The Administration division occupies an 11,800-sf building that has undergone major mold remediation and a signification renovation. The Administration division provides administrative support for NLRED’s many services. The company’s managers, engineers, accountants, consultants, specialists, and payroll staff occupy this building. The facility consists primarily of office spaces with support spaces such as a large meeting room, storage, mail, copy/fax, lobby, coffee area, break room, closets, and restrooms.
As an electric company, NLRED understands the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The North Little Rock Electric Department campus buildings are the City’s first buildings to receive LEED certification for New Construction. This is important because it demonstrates that the City of North Little Rock is committed to building in a manner that is energy efficient, conserves resources, and provides a healthy indoor environment for our employees and the constituents they serve. They have invested their time and money into a campus that they can be proud of and use to show their customers the ecological and economic benefits of green building.