Raleigh’s Charter Square office tower achieves LEED Platinum certification

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Raleigh’s Charter Square has recently been awarded LEED Platinum certification from  the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),

Charter Square is the first building in the city to achieve Platinum status in the Building Design and Construction Core and Shell category, and is a joint venture between Prudential Real Estate Investors and Raleigh-based developer Dominion Realty Partners.

“Charter Square’s LEED Platinum certification is a result of a comprehensive team effort and a collective commitment to sustainable construction on the part of the owner, developer, designers, consultants, and Choate Construction’s project team,” Dave Knudson, vice-president and division manager of Choate’s Raleigh office, said in  a statement. “We are incredibly pleased to have taken part in delivering a sustainable and energy efficient building that will benefit our client and community for years to come.”

Designed by JDavis Architects and constructed by Choate, the project has 260,292 sq. ft. of office, retail, and restaurant space. It has  three connected buildings including an 11-story tower, two-story retail building, and one-story service area. The exterior includes Regionally-sourced glazed curtainwall system, stone, metal panels, and brick masonry.

Choate says in its statement that the project achieved its LEED status with

  • Brownfield redevelopment;
  • 42% reduction in potable water use;
  • 35% procurement of electricity over a two year period to be used as green power;
  • 22% regionally-procured materials;
  • 79% certified wood; and
  • 92% daylight and views through regularly occupied areas.

The project was marked by a safety disaster in March, 2015 when three construction workers were killed and a fourth was injured in a scaffolding collapse.

The disaster as workers were dismantling a “mast climber” on the new Fayetteville St. office building, where track ripped from the building, sending a platform falling several stories and landing upside down.

Image provided by Choate.

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