Turner Awarded $61.5 Million Contract by University of North Carolina at Charlotte to Provide Pre-Construction and Construction Services on Energy Production Infrastructure Center in Charlotte, N.C.

February 10, 2010

Facility Seeks to Achieve LEED Silver Certification

Turner Construction Company, the nation’s largest builder of education facilities, has been awarded a $61.5 million contract by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to provide pre-construction and construction services for an Energy Production Infrastructure Center on the university campus. The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center is being designed and constructed to achieve a LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council upon completion in November 2011.

The mission of the EPIC Building at UNC Charlotte is to focus on supporting the academic and research community involved in energy production and infrastructure development. In order to meet the region’s energy demands in the next 25 years, it will require extensive expansion of generation and transmission capacity. The 200,000 sq. ft. facility will provide education, laboratories and outreach services to the research community and the citizens of North Carolina. The scope of work will also include the expansion of a regional utility plant and the extension of an existing road to form a signalized intersection.

Green features of the research facility include chilled beam technology as a result of considerable study associated with NC Senate Bill 668 mandating conservation of energy and water usage in state buildings. Chilled beams utilize the more efficient heat transfer coefficient of water versus that of air. Temperature control is then achieved through water distribution instead of air distribution, resulting in a much more energy efficient mechanical system.

“We are proud to manage the construction of this energy-efficient facility for the UNC Charlotte to benefit the students and communities served by this research center,” said Gary Stradowski, Vice President and General Manager of Turner’s Carolinas operations.

This will be Turner’s second project for UNC Charlotte. Turner completed the College of Health & Human Services in November 2006. 

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