The majority of the exterior facade of the building was preserved, and new energy efficient storefront windows were installed to replicate those found in pictures of the original building. The original structural brick is preserved throughout the building providing an old-fashioned look and feel to the building.
Other exterior features include rain barrels, pervious concrete parking lot, and a rain garden to filter runoff from the grounds. Large amounts of the former site were concrete or pavement, and the project team was able to earn LEED points for reverting this land back to open space for community use:
Here is a shot of the original roof trusses retained for the building. This saved time and resources that would have been consumed in re-constructing the roofing system and also earned building re-use points for the LEED certification. A high reflectance coating was also installed on the exterior of the roof yielding energy benefits for the building and lowering its global warming potential.
All of these building features and many more aspects of its construction and operation were involved in attaining a LEED Platinum certification for the Blacksburg Motor Company. This is the highest level of certification available from the USGBC, and represents only the "greenest" buildings of the day, and only a limited number of Certified Platinum buildings exist throughout the world. Breakell Incorporated has successfuly incorporated its green philosophy into its ongoing construction projects and continues to show leadership for the future of construction with projects like the Blacksburg Motor Co.
Blacksburg Motor Company Website: http://www.blacksburg.gov/Index.aspx?page=473