Wise County IDA Project Receives National Recognition

 January 18, 2012                                                                                                             276-988-7921


Wise County IDA Project Receives National Recognition

 Wise, VA–The Wise County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has been notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the Appalachia America Energy Research Center project has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.  LEED certification identifies the project as a pioneering example of sustainable design and demonstrates the IDA’s leadership in transforming the building industry.  Carl Snodgrass, Executive Director of the IDA, stated that, “The IDA is very proud of this facility. It is an attractive, functional building, and to have it contain sustainable design and construction features, makes it all the more special.  We are honored that the project received this award and that the IDA can be part of a solution to benefit future generations.”

The Research Center’s LEED rating reflects the intensity of sustainable attributes within the facility as well as the environmentally conscientious construction process. The rating corresponds to the Certified level under LEED for Core & Shell system.  The IDA’s architect and engineering firm, Thompson & Litton of Wise (T&L), worked closely with all parties, including construction contractor Goins Rash Cain, to successfully incorporate these features into the design, construction, and operation of this high performance green building.  T&L’s Project Manager, Dick Houchins, AIA, remarked, “The IDA should be applauded for its diligent pursuit of this certification.  It is a challenging, but rewarding process.”   LEED AP Accredited Project Architect, Carl Gutschow, AIA, added, “Conserving our natural resources and using them efficiently in building projects is part of the LEED goal. The innovative leadership of WCIDA made the wise choice for this facility.” 

In 2008, the Wise County Industrial Development Authority began planning for the 24,000 square foot single story building that would eventually be known as the Appalachia America Energy Research Center. The Research Center, located in Wise County, Virginia, is part of the Lonesome Pine Regional Business and Technology Park.  The Research Center is comprised of an administrative area (including reception, conference room, offices, and support/storage areas), a research laboratory, and a pilot area (a research area with 25 foot ceilings and loading dock/storage area). 

The $7.8 Million project complies with energy efficient, sustainability and good environmental quality initiatives.  The project was awarded USGBC Certified level for LEED Core & Shell Certification in September 2011.  Construction of the Center was completed in September 2010.