Dubbing it the "Green and Grand Opening" of the newly completed Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD), the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be opening the new facility to the public this Saturday, March 17th, from 1 to 8 p.m. This free tour will showcase the sustainable aspects of the building.
Some of the features to be discussed on Saturday include: the building's porous parking lot, which collects storm water runoff (rather than pouring it into the Raleigh's stormwater system) locally sourced materials including stone quarried in North Carolina and cypress wood siding, and passive solar strategies implemented to reduce summer time heat gain.
Designed by Frank Harmon Architect, the mission of the new AIA NC CfAD is to inform, educate, and promote the value of architecture, design, and quality environments to the public. Harmon was selected as the architect for the project through a competition held in 2007, and the building is one of the first major buildings in Raleigh to have emerged successfully from the Great Recession. After a lengthy capital fundraising campaign, construction began in late 2010, and the building is expected to receive a LEED Platinum Rating from the US Green Building Council.
What this building means for the future of architecture in Raleigh and North Carolina at large remains to be seen, but with many new conference spaces and the direct connection with our state government, it's certainly worth taking some time out on Saturday to see what it's all about.
The NC Center for Architecture and Design is located at 14 E. Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh.