Tyrrell County’s Eastern 4-H Conference & Recreation Center is slated to be North Carolina State University’s very first LEED Certified project completed in 2010. The design team has pursued a goal of LEED Silver certification and is now waiting on its approval. Sustainable strategies include maximizing day-lighting, using rapidly renewable, regional, and recycled building materials, minimizing heat-island effect, and minimizing utility consumption.
The exterior of the building is comprised of painted tilt-up concrete panels with integrated thin-brick. Wood accents at entry spaces were incorporated to maintain the 4-H Camp’s overall aesthetic. The building’s programmed spaces include an 8,000 square foot recreation/convention space with bamboo sport flooring, a two hundred person meeting/dining hall, a catering kitchen, breakout rooms/classrooms, and administrative spaces. Heating and cooling will be economized by the use of 70 geothermal wells. The building is approximately 20,000 SF. MHAworks was responsible for full architectural services and LEED Coordination.