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Eastern 4-H Educational Center, 252.797.4800
The facility that is expected to be N.C. State University’s first “green” LEED-certified building will be dedicated Thursday, Jan. 6, but it won’t be on campus. The conference center at the Eastern 4-H Educational Center in Tyrrell County is awaiting LEED certification – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The new conference center building – with a recreation hall, classrooms and dining room — will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Those participating in the dedication will include N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, Dean Johnny Wynne of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and State Representative Bill Owens, along with many other local and area officials and dignitaries.
The Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center near Columbia, the newest of North Carolina’s five 4-H camping facilities, opened its doors in May 2001 and has continued to grow. North Carolina’s 4-H program is based in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which oversees the camps’ operations. The 21,000-square-foot conference center building will house a gymnasium, catering kitchen and dining facilities, an office and three classrooms.
“It will be a great place for campers to come in and play when it’s raining,” said Lisa Maune, registered architect and LEED accredited professional, and N.C. State University’s assistant director of design and construction services. The facility also will be used for conferences and retreats. When the LEED application was made, the building had enough points to be considered for LEED Gold certification. LEED is the rating system for green buildings created by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The center’s green features include many recycled and sustainable materials: insulation made from recycled denim, recycled ceramic tile, concrete exterior panels and bamboo flooring. Lighting is controlled by sensors that shut off when a room is not occupied. Exterior glass is treated to allow light in, but keep heat out, and a rain garden helps filter storm runoff from the building. Maune explained the building is heated and cooled by an efficient geothermal system, although this feature does not earn LEED points because of its dependence on a heat pump.
Lee Scripture, director at the Eastern 4-H Center, said, “The addition of this facility will allow us to make great strides toward reaching our programmatic potential. This building provides much needed air-conditioned space for our campers during the summer. It will also allow us to provide more meeting and conference space to our growing clientele. This new conference and recreation building will serve the youth and adults of North Carolina for many generations.”
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