Brock Environmental Center: 5-Month Construction Update

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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 currently stands and what is to come in the near future.

Recent updates

The Center’s elevated concrete superstructure was completed on December 31, 2013.  The concrete frame is approximately 8 feet above ground level and will serve as the primary occupancy floor for Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s office and conference room functions.


The structural steel that will serve as the frame for the exterior walls and roof is now being erected and will be complete by the end of the month.  The steel frame now shows the intended overall shape and radius of the building and how the entire facility will blend with its natural surroundings.

Next steps and milestones for the Brock Environmental Center

In order to keep the project on schedule, the team has provided the following next steps and milestones to continue to evaluate the progress of construction.

February 1 – March 1: Exterior Walls
This system is composed of the wood framing, reclaimed cypress wood siding and triple glazed windows, which have 3 panes of glass.

February 15 –March 15: Roofing
The 10,000 square feet of metal roofing will support the 164 photovoltaic cells that provide 60% of the sustainable and renewable energy for the building.

March 1 – June 30: Interior Finishes
These finishes include reclaimed oak wood flooring, salvaged bleacher wood for running trim, exposed structure ceilings and salvaged cabinet work.

February 15 – May 1: Mechanical and Electrical Systems Installation
These two systems include the installation of photovoltaic cells, wind turbines, geothermal wells, rainwater collection system, composting toilets and other renewable energy sources that make the building a net-zero energy facility.

June 1 – Sept 1: Project Commissioning of Operating Systems
This process includes “taking the facility for a holistic test run” around the block to assure that all operating systems (i.e. mechanical, electrical, plumbing, water treatment, rainwater collection, etc.) are fully functioning according to the project design specifications and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements.

A full report will be prepared documenting the results of the commissioning and making recommendations for corrections and modifications as needed to meet the performance required to be a LBC-certified facility.

We have posted pictures periodically of construction progress since the beginning of the project. Check out the gallery of the Brock Environmental Center to view monthly progress photos.

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