From the award ceremony literature -
Union Station – Wilmington, NC
Facing unprecedented growth and a need to serve an ever-changing student population. Cape Fear Community College began a $164 million bond-funded building program in 2008 that included multiple academic buildings on its campuses. As part of this initiative, a new administrative and academic building, now known as the Union Station Building, and an associated parking deck were designed to meet to College’s increasing needs.
The new buildings are located on the former site of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Union Station, of which the stone and brick retaining walls remain. These walls have been maintained, repaired and highlighted as part of this project to showcase the significant rail history of Wilmington. The two building sites were originally separated by the former ACL rail bed which the College and design team transformed into an amenity providing a safe pedestrian route from the parking areas to the academic buildings. The former rail bed will soon be a be a vegetated park with pervious pavers providing areas for student gathering, performances, and campus events.
In addition to meeting the strict energy standards required of public institutions, CFCC is pursuing LEED Certification. A few of the sustainable design elements included in the project are:
- An underground cistern that collects stormwater that is used for irrigation;
- Building systems and envelope design resulting in a 22% improvement over energy standards;
- Unique and effective methods of controlling heat gain on the southern and western facades;
- Structured parking for nearly 1200 cars which otherwise would have required two city blocks of surface parking; and
- “Green screens” on the parking deck for the growth of vegetation up the exterior walls.