Brock Environmental Center: 3-Month Construction Update
Construction of the 10,000 square-foot Brock Environmental Center began in August 2013 after 2 years of intensive planning and design. The facility is poised to achieve distinction as the most sustainable building in Virginia, and one of the greenest in the world.
The Center has been designed for LEED Platinum designation, as well as full certification as Living Building™, which is the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. It will be an international model for green building and will serve as regional headquarters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s environmental education programs. The Brock Environmental Center will showcase effective habitat restoration and provide space for community meetings and offices for staff and partner conservation groups, including Lynnhaven River NOW.
Approximately 3 months into the construction phase, we are providing an update on the construction schedule and the sustainable practices currently being used.
Current schedule update
We recently completed the concrete foundations of the facility and the concrete columns supporting the elevated first floor will be complete by December 1st. The formwork for the elevated concrete first floor is about 50% complete. Half of the first floor was ready for concrete on November 22nd, and the other half of the first floor will be ready for concrete on December 9th.
Sustainable construction practices in use
To conserve energy, every Subcontractor is utilizing the 2.4 KW mobile photovoltaic array to power their small tools. To conserve water, our teams are using well water for construction in lieu of City water. Lastly, catalytic convertors are being installed on diesel machinery to minimize normal carbon dioxide emissions. These initiatives contribute to our efforts to be a LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certified building.
Upcoming in December & January
Beginning on December 16th, the team will begin the structural steel erection of the Center. Then, in mid-to-late January, the standing seam metal roofing, exterior wall framing, and mechanical and electrical infrastructure rough-in sill all start.
The construction of the Brock Environmental Center is staying on schedule and construction teams are using sustainable practices to limit the building’s carbon footprint. We will continue to give construction updates as the project progresses, so be sure to check back for more information.