Brock Environmental Center
For its new Brock Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) envisioned transcending LEED, achieving zero-net-CO2 emissions and zero waste leaving the site—a new and significant paradigm for sustainability. To design the Center, CBF engaged SmithGroup, building on a long-standing relationship.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Architecture, Commercial Office Buildings, Cultural, MEP Engineering, Programming, Public & Civic, Sustainable Design, Visitor & Interpretive Centers, Waterfront, Workplace
American Institute of Architects -- Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten 'Plus' Award, 2017
IA Committee on the Environment (COTE), COTE Top Ten, 2017
High Performance Building & Community Award, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council/Beyond Green, 2016
Sustainability Initiative of the Year, Building Intelligence Group, 2016
Award of Excellence Mechanical Systems Design, ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute, 2016
Award of Merit Architectural Engineering Integration, ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute, 2016
Award of Excellence - Commercial Architecture, AIA Northern Virginia, 2016
Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 2015
Best Green Project, ENR Mid-Atlantic, 2015
Site development, focused on preservation of the local ecology, includes a boat pier with floating dock, a 250-foot kayak pier, and an open-air education pavilion.
A collaborative approach to planning at the project's onset forged a close relationship with the City's regulatory agencies, helping them to adopt sustainability strategies such as permeable paving and on-site waste treatment. In 2016, the Brock Center achieved Living Building Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute.
CBF is committed to showcasing the new the Center's sustainable attributes, it publishes its daily usage on a Building Dashboard.