Housing Authority of the
City of Asheville, NC
Arthur R. Edington Center Renovations and Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
This project required mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection engineers to assist in the renovation of the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center. The plan included energy-saving features, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, and its network of pipes buried under the parking lot behind the building. The system is expected to save 30-40 percent in energy consumption.
The Arthur R. Edington building, formerly the Livingston Street School, is important to Asheville’s history, as it educated the African-American community for decades. After school integration, the City of Asheville used the building as a recreation center up until it was purchased by the Housing Authority in 2012. There was a limited budget for renovations, but the owner had a strong commitment to sustainability. The site was well-suited for a geothermal system, but these systems are more expensive than conventional HVAC systems.
McGill worked with the Housing Authority to identify features that could be added later, while preserving funds to create the geothermal system that was a high priority for the City.
The geothermal system was installed and the Housing Authority is now saving 30-40 percent in energy consumption. This energy savings led to a Duke Energy Rebate of $42,000. Features, originally delayed to incorporate the geothermal system, are now being funded. The building was dedicated as the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, named for the last principal to head Livingston Street School.
“The geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to save 30 to 40 percent in energy consumption.”
The Edington Center is located in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood, where it serves as a symbol for community, sustainability, and education.