HICAPS has embraced sustainable building as part of our corporate culture and committed our resources to the training and accreditation of our associates in support of sustainable design and construction. We feel sustainability is the future of our industry. We recognize that it is important to be good stewards of the environment and HICAPS has worked hard to build a solid base of expertise in support of sustainable construction. HICAPS currently has five LEED AP associates with experience in all aspects of construction and sustainability. We are proud to support green building and be a part of the sustainable future.
HICAPS was proud to be on the Guilford County School team for Northern Middle and Northern High School. The project was a 120 acre site encompassing a 285,000 square foot High School, a 140,637 square foot Middle School, stadium, ball fields, and sustainable design features. This was one of the first sustainable projects of its kind at the time in 2004.
As Construction Manager for the project we were very involved with the sustainable goals and processes implemented in the construction of these schools. The goal of the program for the school was to reduce operating costs, protect the environment, design buildings as an educational tool and optimize facilities for health, safety and comfort. Some features of the schools were:
- A living machine (360,000 gallon tank collects rainwater for use in toilets, after the water is flushed it travels to a plant based cleansing wetland)
- Recycled water is used to water the athletic fields
- Curved translucent light shelves
- Solar Thermal Panels
- Under floor air distribution
Since this time HICAPS has continued to support and play a role in being proactive in sustainable construction. Follow our blog posts on sustainability as we share information on projects and sustainable innovations as well as ways to be more energy efficient.
Gabriele Medley-Harry, LEED AP BD&C
Director of Sustainable Construction