Raleigh News & Observer: Green Square Parking Deck Opens in Downtown Raleigh

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony January 24, 2011.

January 22, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — State officials formally opened the Green Square Parking Deck during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 24th, 2011. Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee served as the architect for this $17 million dollar project that is part of the Green Square office and museum complex in downtown Raleigh.

With a total of 1,300 parking spaces, the Green Square Parking Deck features many sustainable features, including:
— LED lights, which consume one-third less energy and last four times longer than comparable fluorescent lights;
— A 20,000-gallon cistern will collect rainwater, flush it through an oil-water separator to remove debris, and store it until needed to irrigate state properties in downtown Raleigh;
— 23 electric car chargers for use by visitors and employees;
— Energy-efficient, lubrication-free elevators, which reduce maintenance and eliminate the need to dispose of hazardous waste;
— Design that maximizes use of natural light, which in turn reduces the need to burn those highly efficient LED bulbs; and
— Devices installed throughout the facility will track energy consumption and gauge savings.

The project was overseen by the State Construction Office and will be administered by the State Parking Division. Moses Carey, Jr., NC Department of Administration Secretary and Dee Freeman, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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