The Blacksburg Motor Company building was restored using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principals, and the project team considered sustainability in every design and construction decision. As a result, the town has achieved a Platinum LEED certification (26kb pdf), the highest level achievable.
The building serves as the new home to the Town of Blacksburg Planning and Building, and Engineering and GIS departments. In addition, the site and structure illustrate green building and low impact development techniques throughout.
Features of the LEED renovation include a geothermal heat pump, where the constant temperature of the earth reduces heating and cooling energy use; carpet made of 77% recycled material including reclaimed carpet; refurbished original tin ceilings; motion sensor lighting; and environmental site design including rain gardens, porous concrete, and native landscaping. Lastly, the building is served by Blacksburg Transit, the Smart Way bus, and a network of sidewalks and trails encouraging alternative forms of transportation.
The building has been listed as historically significant, and the construction was designed to comply with national standards for historic renovation projects. This enabled the project to receive a significant level of funding through state and federal historic tax credits.
Watch a video documenting the historic significance of the Blacksburg Motor Company.
Watch a time lapse video of the renovation up to this point.
View the Green Cleaning Plan (795kb pdf)
View the project exhibits (pdf)