AIA NC Center For Architecture and Design
in the office of Frank Harmon Architect PA
The Center for Architecture and Design is a 12,000 square foot new headquarters building for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The project was awarded to Frank Harmon Architect PA, with Matthew Griffith as the lead designer, via a statewide open competition. The center is on a constrained site in downtown Raleigh and represents a careful integration of building and landscape. Designed to achieve a LEED Gold Certification, the project incorporates low-impact site development strategies, high-efficiency heat pumps and geothermal wells, the use of regional materials, and proper orientation to facilitate passive ventilation and day lighting. The innovative parking garden - where porous paving also functions as open, green space - eliminates storm water runoff. The design process involved close coordination with the City of Raleigh and innovative responses to city zoning requirements.
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