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USGBC Awards Clark and Army with First Military LEED-NC Platinum Project
Partnership Celebrates First-of-its-Kind Environmentally-Friendly Neighborhood Center at Fort Belvoir
For immediate release
July 27, 2009
"This neighborhood center and its sustainable construction and environmentally sound design are another indication of the innovation Clark is bringing to our homes at Fort Belvoir. As a responsible steward of the environment, the Army is proud to have such a like-minded partner," said Colonel Jerry Blixt, Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir.
The fourth of five community centers to be built at Fort Belvoir, the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center sets a new standard for green building on military installations. The project's eco-friendly features include a native and adapted species butterfly garden, a recycled playground, and energy-saving components such as a geothermal heat system, photovoltaic solar panels, and efficient lighting controls. The building also ensures a healthy environment for residents with advanced indoor air quality management systems and low volatile organic compound materials such as paint, carpet and sealants. Overall, the neighborhood center achieves 70% reduction in energy and 43% water savings over traditional buildings of its kind. All of the project's sustainable features are highlighted through an innovative program aimed to educate residents and future generations about environmental sustainability.
"We are proud to be involved in a project that gives back to military families," said Casey Nolan, development executive at Clark Realty Capital. "We hope that the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center will serve as an educational tool and amenity for the children at Fort Belvoir, as well as a new benchmark for sustainable facilities on other military installations."
Fort Belvoir has earned numerous green awards for previous development and construction projects, including the Greater Washington Green Business Award, the Virginia Sustainable Building Award, and Outstanding Federal Planning Project. As the first project in the military and the second in the state to achieve LEED-NC Platinum certification, the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center marks the partnership's most recent accomplishment. The neighborhood center also earned the project its most recent award, the Fairfax County Environmental Excellence award.
"This LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership by Clark and the Army," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
During the ceremony, remarks will be made by Colonel Blixt, Melissa Gallagher-Rodgers, government sector manager at USGBC, and Mr. Nolan. Following remarks, Ms. Gallagher-Rodgers will present Clark and the Army with a plaque to commemorate the LEED certification, and neighborhood children will pour captured rainwater collected through the project's eco-friendly system into a new solar birdbath for the butterfly garden.
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