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Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

Buford, Georgia

This award-winning, building is the epitome of innovation. At one time, the green roof was the largest constructed in the U.S. This 65,000 square foot, LEED Gold certified facility sits on 107 acres of land and aims to transform the concepts of science and history into interactive learning experiences by providing students with high-quality, high-interest instruction via a hands-on approach which includes high-tech audio, video, motion and lighting effects and exhibits. The buildings innovative design and construction incorporates LEED strategies for green buildings and several sustainable building methods.

Project at a glance

Client

Client

Gwinnett County

Design Firm

Design Firm

Lord Aeck Sargent

Size

Size

65,000 SF

Awards

Awards

  • ABC of Georgia Excellence in Construction Award
  • Atlanta Regional Commission Exceptional Merit for Sustainable Building Design Award
  • Southeast Construction Best Cultural Project
  • Engineering Excellence Award

The building program, which includes a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibit and educational spaces as well as the design that includes LEED strategies for green building, is innovative and unique. This spells ‘complicated to construct’ for the general contractor. Juneau brought a very committed group of individuals to the process and we are very pleased with the great facility that they have completed.

Meg Needle Lord Aeck Sargent