- National Zoological Park Seals and Sea Lion Exhibit, Washington, DC: The new 4,000 sf exhibit designed by Quinn Evans Architects embodies the National Zoo’s sustainability goals and conservation mission by protecting its Beaver Valley site. Sustainable strategies include minimal site disturbance, use of rain gardens, improved water efficiency and quality, and use of recycled and regional materials.
- Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Arts, Richmond, VA: This new 38,000 sf facility designed by Steven Holl in association with BCWH will provide galleries, reception area, loading dock, offices, and a small classroom. In addition to LEED-NC Gold-level process management, SDC provided extensive daylight modelling to optimize use of daylight for this uniquely shaped building.
- Hindu Center of Virginia, Glen Allen, VA: This 17,000 sf new temple designed by nbj Architects achieved LEED-NC Gold certification in 2011. More than 69% of the site’s native vegetation remained undisturbed, and the remainder was replanted with native species. A reflective roof and occupancy sensors reduced energy demand, and highly efficient plumbing fixtures resulted in a 41% water savings.
- Southwest Waterfront Wharf Intercontinental Hotel, Washington, DC: This 12-story hotel designed by BBG-BBGM is part of the ongoing Southwest Waterfront Development project and will include 245,000 sf of hotel and function space, ground floor retail areas, and a two-story underground parking garage. The project is currently in the early stages of design and is targeting LEED-NC Silver certification.
- Cooper Vineyards Tasting Room, Louisa, VA: This 5,700 project designed by Baskervill received the GRACRE Commercial Real Estate Award as well as LEED-NC Platinum certification in 2012. Green building strategies include a ground source heat pump, radiant floor heating, on-site power generation, rainwater harvesting, and a high efficiency building envelope using occupancy sensors and sunshades.
- Virginia State Police Garage/Maintenance Facility, Richmond, VA: This 15,425 sf single-story structure designed by Ballou Justice Upton includes 11 service bays, administrative office areas, and break room facilities. Low-flow plumbing fixtures, extensive use of daylighting, and a focus on high indoor air quality enabled this building to achieve LEED-NC Silver certification in 2011.
- Virginia Commonwealth University Laurel Parking Deck, Richmond, VA: This new 93,757 sf five-story parking structure designed by WDG Architecture in association with nbj Architecture also includes 9,900 sf of ground-level food-service retail featuring fast-food chains oriented to the student population. SDC provided LEED-NC process management for this project, which achieved Silver certification in 2012.
In addition to civic, educational, healthcare, office, and residential buildings, SDC works on a number of other buildings that do not fall into one of these very general categories. These types of buildings include mixed-use, cultural, retail, hospitality, industrial, and vehicular buildings. Such unique facilities have required SDC team members to think “out of the box” to provide green building solutions, a challenge to which SDC has easily risen.