The Norfolk Operations Center, constructed in 2010, incorporates green or sustainable construction, operation and maintenance features. To certify the Center as a “green building,” NPPD designed and constructed it to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. LEED is a third-party certification program, and the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
The building provides approximately 42,000 square feet for vehicle and equipment storage and 45,000 square feet for administration/office space (operations, clerical and customer service). That translates to room for 93 employees and 50 vehicles, trailers and other related equipment.
In addition to attaining LEED certification, NPPD’s Norfolk Operations Center highlights renewable energy generation and public education. Stations to “refuel” future NPPD plug-in vehicles are available, and three, small wind-powered generators and a small photovoltaic array (electric energy from sunlight) serve as onsite public demonstration displays, along with an energy education exhibit housed in the new facility.