The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Defined by the United Nations Work Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable building means “Development that meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This is achieved by using products that have a minimum impact on the environment now and also in the future by lasting longer than typical materials and containing fewer toxic components. Thoughtful design is also put into the building and the landscape around them to create and sustain a healthy eco-system.

Contract Construction is proud to have met the goals of the Owners and the US Green Building Counsel in constructing Five LEED designed buildings in our region. Ashton Estridge is the LEED Certified Accredited Professional for Contract Construction, and has been a key asset in our success in completing these LEED certified buildings.

To learn more about LEED and the US Green Building Council visit www.usgbc.org

University of SC-Arnold School of Public Health
Completed in 2006, this 105,000 square foot brick and pre-cast veneer building has five floors of education and research space which includes an auditorium, research laboratories, specialized clinics, classrooms and faculty offices. Some of the buildings features include recycled glass terrazzo flooring, low flow plumbing, waterless urinals, a rainwater collection basin for a self-contained irrigation system, and a highly reflective roofing system to assist in the overall effort to minimize the heat island effect in the City, and individual temperature control of all staff work spaces.

This project is slated to achieve a silver level LEED certification with the US Green Building Council

University of SC-West Quad
At the time of its opening, West Quad was only the second newly constructed college or university residence hall in the country to be LEED certified, the largest in the world at 176,000 square feet. This four building complex was completed in 2004. It houses 504 students and includes a learning center for environmentally friendly and energy efficient design. This building is equipped with Energy Star appliances, reflective roofing, motion controlled lighting, recycled furnishings, low flow plumbing, and a partial green vegetated roof that aids in stormwater runoff.

In August 2005, this building received a silver level LEED certification from the United States Building Council.

Langford Elementary School
This new elementary school includes 111,000 square feet with regional and recycled flooring, highly reflective roofing to lower HVAC operating costs, and a recycling center. Clearing debris was made into mulch for landscaping the school grounds.

This project is slated to achieve Silver LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.

Rocky Creek Elementary School
The new elementary school includes 124,829 square feet with terrazzo flooring, certified wood products, commissioned HVAC systems, efficient restrooms, recycled and regional material usage in the drywall, ceilings, carpets, brick, etc; and an onsite recycling center

This project is slated to achieve Silver LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.

Meadow Glenn Elementary School
Completed in 2011, this elementary school includes 124,829 square feet with terrazzo flooring, certified wood products, commissioned HVAC systems, efficient restrooms, recycled and regional material usage in the drywall, ceilings, carpets, brick, etc; and an onsite recycling center.

This project is slated to achieve Silver LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.
Midlands Technical College-North East-Engineering/Science Classroom Facility
80,000 square foot, five story structural steel framed brick veneer classroom facility. Work includes specialized HVAC and Plumbing systems and research laboratories.

This project is slated to achieve Silver LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.