onstruction on “Sentinel Square” in DC’s NoMa (north of Massachusetts Ave) is now at the midpoint of construction according to Tom Finan, managing director at Trammell Crow, the developers behind the project. The current phase, Phase Two, is located at 1050 First St and will offer 280,000 square feet of office space on twelve stories. Phase One (above), located at 90 K Street NE and delivered in June 2010, is a similar but larger 12-story office tower with a LEED Gold certification. Phase Three remains in pre-planning stages.
Whether or not the ground floor of the new building will offer retail space is up in the air while developers continue to analyze the changing market. The project was designed by Smith Group/JJR.
Read more at DCMud here.
he Montgomery County Planning Board will review a proposal Thursday for the vacant lot at 8300 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. StonebridgeCarras and Walton Street Capital, who both purchased the property one year ago, are looking to build a 360-unit luxury apartment complex as well as a grocery store.
This is the second proposal for the site, the first of which would have included a 2,000 sq ft arts incubator which many in the community were sad to see not included in the new design. But the Planning Board staff have recommended approval of the new project, on the conditions that the new design achieve LEED certification, onsite recreational facilities, and at least 12.5 percent of its dwelling units to be moderately priced.
Read more at The Gazette here.
any have witnessed the progress themselves while passing the intersection of Charles St and Mt Royal Ave since ground was broke late August of 2010. Though it looks near complete now, the “John and Frances Angelos Law Center” isn’t scheduled to be open and fully ready until Spring of 2013.
The 12-story, 190,000 sq ft building will be LEED-certified, with greenery, rainwater capture and re-use, and heating and cooling technologies comprising both functional and aesthetic attributes throughout. It will include 15 classrooms, a 300-seat courtroom, 29 group study spaces, a 32,000 sq ft library, and a large central atrium with natural light. UB Law is the 6th largest public law school in the country, and upon completion it will exist entirely under one roof. Behnisch Architekten of Germany partnered with Baltimore’s Ayers/Saint/Gross to design the project.
For more information, visit the school’s website here.
hy do it? Why pay more money upfront for a roof system that’s still new enough to be considered “non-conventional”? Why invest in landscaping a piece of your building that, unless you happen to pilot low-flying aircraft for a living, will seldom be seen anyway? Why?
A video I put together for www.goforchange.com, a website celebrating any and all things sustainable in the Mid-Atlantic region, and abroad…
Well for many, the environmental benefits are enough. Foremost, green roofs help improve a city’s air and water quality. Plants, shrubs and small trees replace heat-absorbing surfaces and help cool the air through evapotranspiration (evaporation of water from leaves). Instead of polluted water runoff hitting the streets, a green roof takes it in and recycles it back into the air, just like any green land surface would. Not to mention the roof’s new identity and purpose as a habitat for wildlife.
For those who shake their head at all the “green” hype that’s emerged over the past few years, the green roof “sell” also benefits from having considerable practical reasons for its case. For one, they’re virtually maintenance-free, needing only be inspected and weeded a few times a year. They provide insulating benefits, aesthetic appeal, and all in all have longer lifetimes than standard roofs. And if you’re considering pushing for getting your building LEED certified, a green roof will certainly earn you some credits.
The Baltimore Hilton Convention Center hotel currently boasts the largest green roof in the city, its two towers hosting 32,000 sq ft (more than Ravens Stadium itself) of the eco-friendly option. With help from the local Furbish Company, six different plant species and over 60,000 one-inch plugs comprise the system, sedum being the main plant due to its ability to thrive in shallow soil, and its self-generating, draught-resistant nature.
Baltimore may be catching onto the message. In a study by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Associated Press reported that Baltimore rounds out the top four spot for cities with the most green roofs installed, along with Minneapolis, Chicago and D.C.