Alexandria Renew Environmental Center Named ‘2018 Innovative Project of the Year’ by USGBC-NCR

August 14, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – August 14, 2018 – The Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center added a second “Most Innovative Project” award to its resume following the United States Green Building Council - National Capital Region’s (USGBC-NCR’s) 2018 Community Project Awards ceremony. The Environmental Center was named the year’s most innovative project in the new construction category. Earlier this year, the LEED-Platinum facility also had received the same distinction at the Architectural Engineering Institute’s annual conference, AEI Forum.

The Community Project Awards are based on the following criteria: LEED Certification Level,Innovation Beyond LEED,Degree of Difficulty, Integrative Process, Design Flexibility and Life Cycle Impact Reduction, Community Engagement, and Health and Wellness Integration. 

Some of the Environmental Center’s green building design achievements include:

  • a 97-percent reduction in potable water consumption, 
  • photovoltaic panels used to shade southern façade, 
  • a 46-percent reduction in energy cost,  
  • optimized daylighting design and controls, and 
  • a heat-recovery chiller that preheats domestic hot water.

“The AlexRenew team saw the Environmental Center as a tremendous opportunity to engage with and educate the public about our work so they can help protect and enhance their local community,” said Karen Pallansch, CEO of AlexRenew. “We are proud of the USGBC award and grateful to the Eisenhower East Design Review Board for encouraging us to pursue this innovative project as a way to connect with our community and cultivate a culture of sustainability.”

In March, the Environmental Center received its LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  Of the 2,364 LEED-certified buildings in Virginia, only 2 percent (51) are LEED Platinum – the highest level possible. It is the first building in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve LEED Platinum under the LEED program’s New Construction category.

AlexRenew partnered with several local businesses for the design and construction of its Environmental Center, including Rust | Orling Architecture, Vanderweil Engineers, SK&A Engineers, LandDesign, Christopher Consultants, MCLA and Clark Construction Group, whose collective expertise in green building made this achievement possible.

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