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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

State Parks Construction Teams Win State Building Commission Awards

RALEIGH -- The teams that built educational visitor centers at Fort Macon and Raven Rock state parks were honored in March by the State Building Commission with awards for 'excellence in project implementation,' according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The commission recognized designers and contractors for the facilities, as well as the state parks system's design and development program, with the only two merit awards presented at its annual conference.

Although not a specific criteria for the awards, both visitor facilities have earned gold ratings in the U.S. Green Building Council's program of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Sustainable features in the buildings include recycled construction materials, geothermal heating systems, natural landscaping, low-energy lighting systems and water-saving fixtures.

The facilities were supported by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the major funding source for state park capital improvements and land acquisition.

'The state parks system has made a commitment to sustainable building techniques and energy efficiency for all new facilities, and these statewide awards reflect a similar commitment to efficiency in the management of our construction projects. As state budgets are strained, it's appropriate this team effort by designers, contractors and our own state parks staff is recognized,' said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.

The 22,547-square-foot Fort Macon State Park Coastal Education and Visitor Center opened in 2009 and exhibits were installed in 2010. It is the largest visitor center in the state parks system and is devoted to environmental education about that park's fragile coastal ecosystem. The brick-and-block facility was designed in a style reflecting the fort by Hobbs Architects of Pittsboro, and general contractor was Daniels & Daniels Construction Co. of Goldsboro.

The Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center at 7,190 square feet opened in 2010 with exhibits and a teaching auditorium and accompanied by upgrades to the park's entrance and its picnic grounds and an accessible nature trail. It was designed by LS3P Associates Ltd. of Raleigh and the general contractor was Harrod and Associates Constructors Inc. of Raleigh.