Green Buildings Case Studies

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

300 East Seventh St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

704.973.2700 (p)
704.973.2850 (f)
Melanie Baron (contact)

Institutional Sustainability Information

Architect: Gantt Huberman Architects and Holtzman Moss Architecture
Building Size: 102,000 sq. ft.
Project Budget: $41 million
Opening Date: October 8, 2005
LEED Certification: Silver

photo credit: Tom Kessler

About ImaginOn’s Sustainable Expansion Project:
ImaginOn is a partnership between the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.  Together our mission is to bring stories to life through extraordinary experiences that challenge, inspire and excite young minds.

The Museum's Decision to Go Green:
From the conceptual planning stage, the Library wanted to make ImaginOn a LEED project.  The rationale was that this project is dedicated to enriching the lives of children.  As such, sustainable design is an expression of faith and hope in the future.

How ImaginOn’s Project is Sustainable:
ImaginOn’s new building project incorporated urban redevelopment, mass transit access, an energy star rated roof, the reduction of heat islands at roof and ground levels, water efficient, and indigenous landscaping. Water efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by 30% while daylighting was used to reduce energy consumption by 30%.  Other sustainable aspects included HCFC-free chillers, energy efficient electrical lighting and building controls, low-emitting materials for better air quality, formaldehyde-free insulation and wood, and increased ventilation effectiveness.

Project's Distinguishing Features:

  • Theatre sound panels are 100% recycled cotton fibers
  • concrete contains fly ash
  • sustainably harvested certified wood
  • local/regional materials whenever possible
  • The glazed tiles were custom formulated with 35% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled waste.  Manufactured by: Quarry Tile
  • The stone of the helix wall is the by-product of monument slabs when the polished slabs are cut to size.  Supplier: Dakota Granite Company
  • The ramp flooring was made from recycled rubber tires and colorful rubber flecks.  It is 100% recyclable and has low VOC content.  Manufacturer: Eco Surface
  • The wool carpet, in a custom pattern inspired by the ImaginOn logo, was selected because wool is a rapidly renewable resource.  Manufacturer: Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, Inc
  • The linoleum flooring, called marmoleum, was also selected because it is a rapidly renewable resource, made of materials harvested by the sun.  Manufacturer: Forbo
  • Our paint is a low odor, low VOC acrylic paint.  Supplier: Benjamin Moore
  • The toilet partitions are made from post-consumer detergent bottles.  Manufacturer: Yemm & Hart
  • The millwork used in ImaginOn’s cabinetry is made from wheat straw fiber, a rapidly renewable resource, with a non-formaldehyde binder.  It is coated with a low VPC water-based stain. Supplier: Woodstalk Gold MR Fiberboard by Dow BioProducts