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

Leericka Miller, LEEP AP BD+C, facilitates our sustainability efforts.

Contract Construction has extensive experience in sustainable construction, including numerous LEED projects. Most of these projects (11 have been completed or are awaiting certification) have been LEED Silver, as was mandated by the South Carolina Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007 for public buildings. We recently completed our first Green Globes rated facility, the Bignon Game Day Building at the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Bignon Gameday Center at Williams-Brice Stadium

The Green Building Initiative awarded the University of South Carolina’s Bignon Gameday Center at Williams-Brice Stadium Two Green Globes certifications. The
building, which is part of the Springs-Brooks Plaza improvements at the Gamecocks’ Football stadium is a 12,000 sq. ft. support building which houses the University’s gameday apparel store, support staff offices, ticketing offices and police area. This certification was awarded based on the project’s sustainable features which include reduction in energy and water use along with utilizing sustainable construction methods and detailing.

Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus – Engineering and 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 achieved LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council in April of 2014.  Please click here to access USGBC site and affiliated story.

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 achieved LEED Silver 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 achieved LEED Silver Certification by the US Green 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 achieved LEED Silver Certification by 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 was awarded LEED Silver certification from the United States Building Council.

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 achieved LEED Silver certification with the US Green Building Council