Last Friday, the 502 Rigsbee Building at the corner of Hunt Street and Rigsbee Avenue in the Central Park District of downtown Durham celebrated its newly renovated space with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation has rejuvenated what was once a blighted corner with a vibrant and active building that is both beautiful and environmentally responsible. It may be the Triangle’s greenest and most energy efficient building of its type.

The massive renovation of this 1945 former farm equipment and auto service center practically doubled the size of the building by adding a new second story while improving the overall energy performance. The new building is primarily occupied by office and retail uses. Through the implementation of numerous energy saving strategies and clean energy generation systems, the 502 Rigsbee Building is projected to utilize approximately 35% of the energy required to power a typical building of the same size and use. The project has been endorsed through grant approvals from the NC Green Business Fund, the Triangle J Council, the US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, and the City of Durham. The building is currently on track for LEED Platinum Certification.

502 Rigsbee before the renovation

In addition to it’s superior energy performance, the building has activated the corner with three long time local Durham businesses. The Clear-Vue Glass Showroom is on the ground floor, primary corner. Studio B Architecture and BuildSense occupy the majority of the second floor. Durham Yoga Company will be opening its doors in September.