RTI International broke ground Wednesday for its new office building – and it will be a “green” one, as in "friendly to the environment."

At 120,000 square feet, the building will be the largest on the campus where RTI employs more than 2,000 people. It will include 440 offices plus a meeting facility with a capacity of 200 people.

The project also includes a four-story parking deck.

RTI officials stressed that the building will meet requirements for a “Gold Certification” under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system.

"One of the major areas of research for RTI is the environment, particularly energy," said RTI Chief Executive Officer Victoria Haynes. "This is why it was particularly important to us that this project be constructed not just with environmentally friendly materials and processes, but that we make a real statement with this building about our commitment to protecting our energy and environmental resources. It is our hope that this building, among the first in North Carolina to be LEED-certified at the gold level, will set an example that others will follow."

The building will house members of RTI’s international development, social and statistical sciences, information technology and creative services operations.

RTI already has 24 buildings on its campus.