MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced its Plaza Midwood location in Charlotte, N.C., is now officially recognized as a LEED-certified project by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
The Plaza Midwood renovation project began in 2012 when the former building was removed from the site and completely rebuilt. This location re-opened in May 2013. The project marked a major milestone for not only Harris Teeter, but also for Charlotte's supermarket industry, as this location housed a piece of Charlotte history — the city’s first full-service supermarket. Company co-founder W.T. Harris’ Plaza Midwood store was the first air-conditioned grocery store and the first to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights.
The project achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
LEED certification of this project was based on a number of green design and construction features, which include:
- Reducing water usage by using dual flush/solar powered toilets, automated/solar powered restroom sink faucets and reduced flow faucets in prep areas;
- Installing a LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof, which helps manage stormwater runoff, among other environmental benefits;
- Constructing the building with recycled materials and wood sourced from a sustainable forest;
- Recycling waste generated during construction; and
- Installing doors and LED lighting on the refrigerated cases.