Gwinnett County Environmental and Heritage Center

Buford, GA
  • 66,000 sq ft
  • $15 million
  • 2 stories
  • LEED Gold

Structural Features

  • This museum and interactive learning facility is devoted to water resources and sustainability. With environmental conservation as the project’s driving force, the design team was challenged to conceive of a building which respects its natural environment, conserves water resources, uses natural materials, and adheres to sustainable building principles.
  • The structural design contributes to sustainability goals by using renewable wood, recycled steel, and high fly ash concrete in a unique and imaginative way.
  • An extensive green roof and a cascading water feature draw non-potable reuse water from the nearby Gwinnett County wastewater treatment facility. It is used to provide air conditioning, to irrigate vegetation on the building site, and to flush toilets.
  • Additional important sustainability strategies include the use of regional and local materials; a fan-assisted, natural ventilation system; and daylight harvesting.


State Award, 2008
American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC)

State Award, 2008
Georgia Engineering Alliance (GEA)

1st Place Award, Environmental Category, 2006
American Concrete Institute (ACI), Georgia Chapter 

Outstanding Project Award, New Buildings $5 M to $25 M Category, 2009
Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG)