Platinum Project Profile

Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center, Lithia Springs, Georgia

Designed by the Gerding Collaborative, the 8700-square-feet Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center provides exhibit space, offices, retail area, learning laboratory, classrooms, and restrooms. The project was completed in 2006 and cost $175 per square foot. Thirty-eight percent (nearly 4000 square feet) of the building's roof area is used for rainwater collection, to supply an estimated 44 percent

Courtesy of the Gerding Collaborative.

of the building's water needs. Along with low-flow fixtures and onsite wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting reduces potable water consumption by 77 percent. Facility restrooms use composting toilets and water-free urinals. A 10.5-kW photovoltaic system produces approximately 20 percent of the building's electricity needs.*

*"Sweetwater Creek," Architecture Week, May 23, 2007 [online], environment_3-1.html, accessed April 2008.

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