Viridian of Little Rock announces the certification of three of North Little Rock Electric’s campus buildings. The Administration building was awarded Gold level certification, Construction Services was awarded Silver level of certification, and SCADA was awarded Certified level of certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

LEED is a voluntary third-party verified green building rating system that addresses the site, water energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality of the facility. The LEED certification of the three North Little Rock Electric Department Buildings was based on building achievements that have a positive impact on the facilities and the broader community.

"These are the first buildings to achieve LEED certification by the City of North Little Rock under the requirements of their Sustainability Ordinance," said April Ambrose, Viridian’s senior project manager.

The new campus site for the North Little Rock Electric Department, located at 1400 West Maryland Ave., located along the North Little Rock-Sherwood border, allows for growth and the ability to provide necessary services to the residents of North Little Rock, according to Ambrose.

"Developed as a campus, the site incorporated one existing building, landscape features, parking, and utilities and is now home to three LEED buildings; Administration, SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), and Construction Services," she said.

After extensive renovations, the existing 11,800 square foot building is now the Administration Building. It consists of office space with support spaces that include a large meeting room, storage, mail, copy/fax, lobby, coffee area, break room, closets, and restrooms.

The SCADA Building is the emergency response area and the main information hub of the company.

"It is a stand-alone, 3,230 square foot new construction building located adjacent and immediately south of the existing Administration building connected by a covered walkway," she said. "Since it is the information hub for the electric grid, it is tornado resistant and has redundancy for all data and power."

The third facility is Construction Services, which is responsible for work done in the field.

"This building is a stand-alone, 10,415 square foot new construction metal building located approximately 200 feet south of the SCADA building," Ambrose said.

Some of these achievements for each building include:

• 49 percent improvement over the minimum energy efficiency standard as required by the state of Arkansas.

• A solar array was installed which will provide 12,069 kilowatt hours annually, or more than 6 percent of the buildings energy requirement (by cost).