The Augusta branch of USGBC Georgia recently had the opportunity to learn about adaptive reuse of existing buildings in their area, when they toured two historic textile mills: one abandoned and one recently repurposed. The mills are part of a National Register of Historic Places district in the city.
The revitalization of the first, King Mill, into a mixed-use development is being led by the Cape Augusta group, which hosted an in-depth walking tour. The tour drew interest from a wide swath of community members—architects, contractors, designers, facility professionals and others.
After touring the historic King Mill, the group had the opportunity to see an “after” version by touring the neighboring Sibley Mill, which has already been partially converted into offices and work spaces for a local technology company named EDTS. Intended as a major data center, Sibley Mill will draw power from hydroelectric turbines.
The Augusta branch of USGBC Georgia is a diverse group of professionals dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable initiatives in the Augusta area. Recent and upcoming events beyond this tour include hearing a presentation about healthy building initiatives, a historic walking tour of downtown Augusta and a discussion regarding the latest in solar energy.