BJAC Project Earns LEED® Silver Certification

North Carolina History Center Recognized for Sustainability and Green Design by Architectural Firm

Raleigh, NC, April 01, 2012 --( Dan Fields, AIA and CMO at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional services for specialized, complex institution projects, has announced that the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, N.C., has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The North Carolina History Center, which opened in October 2010, features wetlands to filter storm water runoff, an underground cistern to capture rainwater for irrigation and replenishment of wetlands, and regional and recycled building materials.

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for communities, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger society.

BJAC, in coordination with Quinn Evans Architects, led the design and construction of the center, including the transformation and revitalization of the waterfront and extensive site design and innovative exhibits. The building’s design is modeled after the grid pattern of the New Bern town plan created in 1710, including the wharves and warehouses that once filled the downtown harbor, and the regional 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture.

“The North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace is a truly innovative and state-of-the-art museum that redefines how visitors experience history,” said Jennifer Amster, BJAC principal and lead architect on the project. “We are proud to have been a part of this project and are honored that the U.S. Green Building Council has recognized its different sustainable features as deserving of LEED® certification.”

- Situated in the historic downtown of New Bern, N.C., the History Center is located at 529 S. Front St., sited on the Trent River.

-The 60,000 square-foot museum features the Mattocks Hall, the Cannon Gateway, the Regional History Museum, the Pepsi Family Center, the Cullman Performance Hall, the Duffy Gallery and other visitor amenities.

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About BJAC:
Architectural firm BJAC, pa offers professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIANC). Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

About Tryon Palace:
Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-20th century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation. For more information, visit

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