Heery Headquarters Earns LEED Gold


ATLANTA — Heery International recently earned LEED Gold for commercial interiors certification for the renovation of the firm’s 58,000-square-foot corporate headquarters office in Atlanta.

The architecture, interior design and engineering firm provided new finishes and lighting throughout the space, and modernized the reception area, elevator lobby, break rooms, and conference and meeting spaces.

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$133 Million to Fund Biomass Plant

BARNESVILLE, Ga. — Developers of a 53.5-megawatt biomass power plant under construction recently secured $133 million in construction and bridge loans, allowing them to begin building what is being called the “first true” biomass plant developed in the United States since the 1990s.
The Piedmont Green Power biomass plant in Barnesville, about 70 miles southeast of Atlanta, will also draw approximately $75 million in funding from independent power producer Atlantic Power Corp., the developer that is building the Piedmont plant.

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iPad Construction Work

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — At the construction site of a new $113 million, eight-story patient tower on the campus of the Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. Ga., craftsmen and site supervisors were able to reference a virtual layout of the project from their Apple iPads.
The NoliWhite Group, a healthcare facility developer based in Brentwood, Tenn., launched the Project Information Integration, or PI2, initiative, earlier this year, which features the construction of a new patient tower.

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University Building’s Passive Design Earns LEED Silver Certification

KENNESAW, Ga. — The passive design concepts at Kennesaw State University’s new social science building help the facility earn LEED Silver certification for its passive design.
The design of the 164,000-square-foot building features window placement that avoids direct light, building materials with recycled content and strategy orientation of the facility.

Most of the green aspects of the building were based on an intuitive, efficient design, says Bill Clark, a principal for Stevenson & Wilkinson Stang & Newdow, Inc., the design firm for the project.

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DeKalb County Expected to LEED The Way for Georgia Schools

ATLANTA — The DeKalb County School System started construction of a new high school that is expected to achieve LEED silver certification and set new building standards for the district and the state.

Arabia Mountain High School, scheduled to open in January 2009, will be the first LEED-certified public school in the state of Georgia, according to reports.

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County Hopes to Strike Gold with its First Green Building

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The new $16.6 million county education center in Gwinnett County does more than just rest on its 233-acre site; it lives on it.

Designed by Atlanta-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent, the 59,000-square-foot Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center is the county’s first green building, and features several sustainable elements, including a water recycling program and a living, green roof that allow the center to “give back” to the environment.

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