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Arlington Greenlights First LEED Platinum Building in Virginia

The County Board last month approved a site plan for the first LEED™ Platinum certified building in Virginia. The new development will receive the highest certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program. The project – the redevelopment of a parcel on N. Moore Street in Rosslyn – also will provide a new arts and cultural space in the former Newseum at 1101 Wilson Boulevard.

The County Board last month approved a site plan for the first LEED™ Platinum certified building in Virginia. The new development will receive the highest certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program. The project – the redevelopment of a parcel on N. Moore Street in Rosslyn – also will provide a new arts and cultural space in the former Newseum at 1101 Wilson Boulevard.

The project, to be known as 1812 N. Moore St., continues the redevelopment of key blocks in the central core of Rosslyn, adding to the arts and cultural life and sustainability of a neighborhood where a new generation of buildings is revitalizing street life and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

“1812 N. Moore St. will both help us realize a new vision of Rosslyn as a vital urban village, and enhance Arlington’s growing reputation as a leader in green development,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Paul Ferguson. “We are home to one of the first LEED™ Silver certified buildings in the region, and now one of the first LEED™ certified platinum buildings.”

One of the goals of Arlington’s Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) program, launched in January 2007, is to encourage private developers to achieve LEED™ certification for new buildings.

Package includes cultural arts partnership
A key feature of the site plan for 1812 N. Moore is the creation of a unique partnership between Monday Properties and Arlington County. In exchange for additional height and density at the 1812 N. Moore site, Monday Properties will provide the County rent-free use of the nearby 1101 Wilson Boulevard site, which Monday Properties also owns.

Home to the former Newseum, the site consists of nearly 54,000 square feet of space, including the dome theater, exhibition space and a television studio. Under the 15- year lease, the county will use the entire space rent-free for 10 years, then pay a gradually increasing rent on most of the space for the last five years.

“Arlington has identified the need for additional arts and cultural facilities,” said John Seal, Chairman of the Arlington Arts Commission. “The addition of the Newseum space represents an important contribution to Arlington’s arts community.”

Last summer, the former Newseum hosted the traveling exhibit “BODIES…The Exhibition,” which brought thousands of visitors to Rosslyn.

“Performances, exhibits and other arts programming at the Newseum site will be a great asset to the many residents, workers and visitors in Rosslyn, as well as a wonderful compliment to the many restaurants and retail establishments they already enjoy,” said Cecelia Cassidy, Executive Director of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District.

The approval of the site plan will create a framework for a lease agreement regarding management and programming of the space between Monday Properties and Arlington County, which is expected to be approved in 2008. The $25 million community benefits package included in the 1812 N. Moore site plan also includes transportation improvements, and contributions to the County’s public art and affordable housing funds.

LEED™ Platinum certification
Under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program, 49 buildings have been certified LEED™ Platinum in the United States. 1812 N. Moore St. will be the first LEED™ Platinum in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the third in the Washington Metropolitan region.

Among the LEED™ Platinum requirements:

  • 35% of energy from renewable sources
  • 24.5% reduced energy consumption
  • 42% more efficient water fixtures and plumbing system
  • 75% recycled construction waste
  • 30% recycled materials used in new construction
  • 40% local materials used in new construction
  • 75% of regularly occupied spaces having abundant natural light
  • 90% of regularly occupied spaces having direct line of sight to outdoor environment

Other LEED™ Platinum buildings in the region are Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis and Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Karen Vasquez at 703-228-0896.

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