In December, the Wilmington Convention Center received two awards for being environmentally friendly and one award from top meeting planners as a preferred meeting location. The awards are:
- LEED Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council;
- Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of NC; and
- Readers’ Choice Award as a preferred convention center meeting site from the national trade publication ConventionSouth.
To be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified, facilities are rated on a point system to verify efforts to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and enhance indoor air quality. The center has several green features that will help the environment and save money, including:
- Redevelopment of a former industrial railroad yard;
- Innovative underground system that uses sand to filter storm water runoff before it goes into the nearby Cape Fear River;
- White roof that reflects the sun and reduces heat gain;
- Water‐efficient landscaping;
- Special glass that limits heating and cooling loss;
- Plumbing fixtures that use about half the water of traditional fixtures;
- Efficient lighting and HVAC systems.
The State Engineering Excellence Award
recognizes the overall design of the site, which is specially designed to protect the riverfront ecosystem and minimize the environmental impact while also rehabilitating a former industrial site.
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|In addition to the environmental awards, the center was selected this month by top meeting planners throughout the southern US as a preferred meeting site. ConventionSouth, a trade magazine of more than 18,000 meeting planners, chose the Convention Center for a Readers’ Choice Southern US Award. Facilities chosen for this award are showcased in the magazine and are more likely to be considered by meeting planners to book conventions.