Downtown Raleigh’s FNB Tower Awarded for Green Building Practices

June 18, 2021

Choate Construction is honored to announce the FNB Tower at 501 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, NC has earned recognition for its sustainable construction practices, design, and community contributions.

Green Building Initiative

Three Green Globes Certification
Awarded by the Green Building Initiative, the 22-story development achieved Three Green Globes® Certification for “environmental stewardship.” The Green Globes were awarded based on:

  • The facility’s abundant windows of low-e glass that optimize the natural light throughout the space while limiting thermal gain
  • Low-flow elements that resulted in a 40% reduction in water usage
  • Local plant materials used in landscaping that require little-to-no irrigation
  • Locally sourced building materials that reduce transportation emissions
  • Recycled materials used in the furniture, sustainable and tiled flooring

­Project of the Year, Honorable Mention
Also recognized by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), the FNB Tower received Honorable Mention in the 2020 Project of the Year Awards for the team’s work as “sustainability champions.” The GBI says, “Designing, constructing, and operating a healthy, resilient, and sustainable facility requires collaboration, innovative thinking, and discipline.”

Credits for Sensitive Land Protection – US Green Building Council

Sensitive Land Protection in building design and construction was created to preserve environmentally sensitive lands while limiting the impact to the environment by a new building and its location. This is achieved by encouraging owners and developers to utilize land that was previously developed or a plot that does not meet the criteria for “sensitive land.”

FNB Tower was developed on a reclaimed site that sat vacant in downtown Raleigh and transformed into a vibrant, sustainable mixed-use development for the community.

High-Priority Credit Through Brownfield Remediation

FNB Tower Night Shot Green Building Raleigh Choate Construction

A “High-Priority Site” is one that is located in a position with development constraints and serves to elevate the surrounding area. Brownfield remediation requires a facility to be located on a piece of land that once contained contaminated groundwater and has since been remediated to the satisfaction of the proper jurisdiction.

LEED Gold Certification

The FNB Tower also earned LEED Gold certification for its eco-friendly elements and construction.

Partnering with IES as the sustainability consultant for the project, the Raleigh team including JDavis Architects and Dominion Realty Partners produced a truly “green” project that not only elevates downtown Raleigh and the surrounding community, but repurposes sensitive land for reuse using sustainable practices. Congratulations to the entire project team for their innovation and hard work!


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