Cargas Systems Corporate Headquarters has received one of the highest designations for sustainable buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The 11,513 square foot office building located in the Lancaster Stockyards Business Park was developed by TCH Realty & Development Company, designed by MM Architects and constructed by Wohlsen Construction Company.
To receive the LEED Silver designation, construction projects are required to earn at least 50 out of 110 possible credits for sustainability said Andrew Coombs, Wohlsen Construction’s Sustainability Committee Chair.
“A few years ago, the Lancaster Stockyards was a blighted, 21-acre property on the north side of the City of Lancaster. It consisted of numerous dilapidated structures and today we are standing in one of the greenest buildings in Central Pennsylvania”, stated Gary Langmuir, President & CEO of Wohlsen during presentation of the LEED Silver Plaque to Chip Cargas, President of Cargas Systems.
The office building incorporates numerous LEED elements and features to conserve energy and water and reduce emissions and waste including high recycled content (ceilings, wall board, flooring, cabinets, and insulation), Trombe walls to store heat and stabilize temperatures, dual level, natural, and task lighting, custom indoor bike rack, low emitting vehicle parking, and a 53 kilowatt solar panel system to generate 64,000 kilowatt hours per year.