NCDOT WILKES COUNTY REST AREA AND NORTHWEST NC VISITOR CENTER

Location : North Wilkesboro, NC | 10,500 SFOwner : NCDOT | 2009 |LEED Gold Certified

The Northwest North Carolina Visitor Center operates continuously, servicing over 500 travelers per day. The associated high energy and water demands mean that NC DOT greatly benefits from Innovative Design’s sustainable building practices.

Key sustainable design strategies include:

Energy-efficient building envelope
•Daylighting in visitor hall and restrooms
•Geothermal cooling and heating w/ heat recovery ventilation
•Solar domestic hot water
•Photovoltaics
•Constructed wetlands and bioswales
•Rainwater reuse for toilet flushing
•Drought-tolerant landscaping
•Dark-sky compliant site lighting

People think DOT’s color is either yellow from our trucks or orange from construction cones. Today, DOT has a new color, GREEN!

Eugene A. Conti, Jr., NC DOT Secretary, At the opening ceremony.

The Northwest North Carolina Visitor Center was awarded the 2011 Environmental Excellence Award by the Federal Highway Administration