“Green” building projects are designed for both high performance and sustainability, resulting in environmental, economic, health, and community benefits. ImaginOn is the first public building in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County certified by the US Green Building Council.
In spring, 2005 our facility was recognized by the Mecklenburg County Recycling Program for its outstanding commitment to keeping green throughout the construction process. RodgersHardin, the general contractor for ImaginOn, recycled 100% of the waste generated during the demolition phase and 82% of the construction waste. Concrete, wood, drywall, metal, and paper were all sorted onsite and recycled locally. Construction and demolition debris accounts for an estimated 1/3 of the overall waste stream in Mecklenburg County. For more information about “green” buildings, go to the U.S. Green Building Council’s web site.
In 2006, ImaginOn was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the silver level. We scored LEED points by documenting our construction process, making the building energy-efficient, using recycled or environmentally sustainable materials, and educating the public about our efforts.