Below you will find our blog, “Rethink. Regenerate.” You will find all the latest information on the building and process: news, photos, publicity and press releases. Check in often to see how this world-class building is developing!

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May 2016

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March 2016

Best of the Best Green Project: Brock Environmental Center

Posted Mar 16, 2016

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center was awarded “Best of the Best Green Project” by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine. The article is below, and can also be viewed here. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environment... Read More »

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March 2015

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January 2015

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November 2014

Living Building Challenge Measurement Period Preparation

Posted Nov 25, 2014

We are extremely proud to announce that the Brock Environmental Center project is complete and celebrated its “unplugging” from the public utility grid on November 14, 2014. The building is aiming to be the greenest and most sustainable building on the East C... Read More »

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October Drone Video Shows Center Near Completion

Posted Nov 10, 2014

This drone video was taken in the beginning of October as the Brock Environmental Center was nearing completion. The video shows the exterior of the building as well as an inside view to the pavilion. The Center received its Certificate of Occupancy on October 17... Read More »

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October 2014

The Brock Environmental Center Moves Toward Completion Date

Posted Oct 6, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center is on track to meet its substantial completion date of mid October 2014.  The Center is an innovative example of an environmentally sensitive and sustainable building. It is the first in Virginia to target net-zero energy and water... Read More »

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September 2014

The Story Behind the Center’s Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Wood flooring is one of the largest quantities of materials incorporated into the Brock Environmental Center—covering 90% of the floor area. It was designed to satisfy the salvaged materials requirement of the Living Building Challenge’s Materials Petal. The ... Read More »

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Drone Video Shows Construction Progress Through August

Posted Sep 16, 2014

This drone video showcases some of the unique components of the Brock Environmental Center including the zinc shingles, wind turbines and photovoltaic cells. Find out more about these sustainable key features by watching the video.  ... Read More »

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August 2014

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July 2014

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June 2014

Upcoming Milestones for the Brock Environmental Center

Posted Jun 12, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center is aiming to be the greenest building in Virginia, and is scheduled for completion in October of this year. This post will go into detail of what has been completed and the upcoming milestones and key dates that are left for constru... Read More »

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May 2014

Sneak Peek of Construction Progress by Drone

Posted May 28, 2014

This video was taken by a drone to give a sneak peek of the construction progress of the Brock Environmental Center. Construction is projected to be complete in the fall of 2014. The building is targeting LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification.... Read More »

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How the Brock Environmental Center Supports Car Free Living

Posted May 6, 2014

One of the imperatives of the Site Petal of the Living Building Challenge is that a project should promote car free living.  The objective of this requirement is not centered on the elimination of vehicles, but rather on “contributing towards the creation of w... Read More »

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April 2014

On-Site Water Treatment & Management Systems

Posted Apr 23, 2014

As a project targeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) and LEED certifications, designing how the Brock Environmental Center utilizes and interacts with its surroundings are of the utmost importance.  This is especially true for the use and treatment of one of o... Read More »

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March 2014

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February 2014

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January 2014

Brock Environmental Center: 5-Month Construction Update

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Construction of the Brock Environmental Center has been underway since August 2013 and is moving quickly in order to meet the completion date of mid-summer 2014. As we approach the end of the 5-month mark, we want to provide an update of where construction curren... Read More »

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December 2013

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November 2013

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October 2013

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September 2013

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August 2013

Beauty Petal Celebrates Design and Imagination

Posted Aug 19, 2013

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is composed of seven performance areas, or “Petals.” One of these, the Beauty Petal, recognizes “the need for beauty as a precursor to caring enough to preserve, conserve and serve the greater good.” ... Read More »

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Construction Schedule for the Brock Environmental Center

Posted Aug 9, 2013

This month begins the jobsite mobilization in support of the construction for Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center. The building will be 10,000 square feet and focus on the education of our young student population on the processes of... Read More »

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A Detailed Look into Reusing Salvaged Materials

Posted Aug 2, 2013

With the preconstruction phase of the Brock Environmental Center almost complete, the project team has planned out specifically how the salvaged materials collected from various sources in the area will be used in the building.... Read More »

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July 2013

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May 2013

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April 2013

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March 2013

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February 2013

How We’re “Green” Every Day

Posted Feb 4, 2013

At Hourigan Construction, we’re not only committed to the integrity of the structures we build, but also to the environment in which they dwell. From site construction to waste disposal, we believe it is our responsibility to incorporate “green” building pr... Read More »

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August 2012

Rethink | Regenerate

Posted Aug 23, 2012

We are proud to announce that Hourigan Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s new Environmental Center – a 10,000 square-foot facility that will educate students on ways to save and preserve the Chesapeake... Read More »

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July 2012

“Living Building Challenge,” The Basics

Posted Jul 26, 2012

When developing a project like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Environmental Center, following the definition of “Living Building Challenge” is a goal for Hourigan Construction. The International Living Future Institute defines Living Building Challenge as: * a... Read More »

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June 2012

A Pebble in the Pond

Posted Jun 19, 2012

The video, “A Pebble in the Pond – The Living Building Challenge Charrette,” documents early discussions by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its design and construction partners about their vision for the Brock Environmental Center, CBF’s new envir... Read More »

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LEED Platinum, The Basics

Posted Jun 5, 2012

Hourigan Construction is not only committed to the integrity of the structures it builds, but also to the environment on which they dwell. That’s why we are putting more emphasis on developing projects so they are LEED-certified, under the U.S. Green Building C... Read More »

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May 2012

Living Building Challenge Video

Posted May 23, 2012

Want to know more about the Living Building Challenge. Watch this video from The International Living Future Institute: http://vimeo.com/41388101... Read More »

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April 2012

Project launched June 2012!