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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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April 2015

CBF Starts Clock to Meet Living Building Challenge

Posted Apr 1, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Chuck Epes, 804-780-1392, cepes@cbf.org CBF STARTS CLOCK TO MEET LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE GOAL: NET ZERO IMPACT AT BROCK CENTER FOR ONE FULL YEAR VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. – The Chesapeak... Read More »

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Posted Apr 1, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced t... Read More »

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March 2015

Posted Mar 18, 2015

Virginia Town & City Magazine recently published an article about the Brock Environmental Center. View t... Read More »

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February 2015

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January 2015

Posted Jan 7, 2015

The Brock Environmental Center was recognized as a “truly game-changing” building of 2014. ... Read More »

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December 2014

Posted Dec 4, 2014

New Model for Green Building Opens in Virginia Beach By: Catherine Komp | Richmond Public Radio View the tra... Read More »

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Posted Dec 2, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center – A Lesson in Green Living By: Sandy Hausman | WVTF-FM Charlottesville,... Read More »

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Posted Dec 1, 2014

The Current – Brock Environmental Center: The Greenest Building in the Commonwealth to Open its Doors ... Read More »

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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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Posted Nov 24, 2014

Inside Business – New Environmental Center as Efficient as a Tree By: Chuck Epes Read the article here... Read More »

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Posted Nov 17, 2014

Richmond Times Dispatch – Chesapeake Bay Foundation opens environmental center Article By: Brock Verga... Read More »

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Posted Nov 15, 2014

The Virginian Pilot – Nature Power By: Kathy Hieatt View the article here: The Virginian Pilot –... 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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Posted Nov 9, 2014

The Virginian Pilot – Building a Seaside Future By: Donald Luzzatto Read the article here: Virginia P... 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

Posted Jun 16, 2014

A local Richmond construction lawyer recently went on a hard hat tour of the Brock Center. See what he had t... Read More »

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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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Posted Jun 9, 2014

The Daily Press shows how the Center is using old gym floors as a part of their salvaged materials. ... 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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Posted May 12, 2014

The Virginian Pilot shows photos and video about the progress and sustainability of the Brock Environmental ... Read More »

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Posted May 12, 2014

This Inside Business article gives an update about the Brock Environmental Center. ... 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

Posted Feb 13, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center was recently featured in the Inside Chic’s Beach & Shore Drive maga... Read More »

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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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Posted Jan 13, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center was recently published in the William Mullen magazine and made the front cove... Read More »

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December 2013

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November 2013

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October 2013

Posted Oct 8, 2013

This Virginian-Pilot article describes how the Brock Environmental Center will be the greenest in Virginia.... Read More »

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Posted Oct 3, 2013

Hourigan is providing Virginia Tech students hands-on experience with virtual building construction.... Read More »

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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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June 2013

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May 2013

Posted May 20, 2013

Learn how the Center will be net-zero in use of energy and water and waste production, like a tree. ... Read More »

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April 2013

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March 2013

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Hourigan Construction invites Virginia Tech’s Building Construction Students to work with CBF.... Read More »

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Posted Mar 22, 2013

Great article from The Hampton Roads Business Journal highlighting details of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation&... Read More »

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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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December 2012

Posted Dec 14, 2012

View the TV spot with Joe Flanagan on WVEC 13 news of the approval of the Center. ... Read More »

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Posted Dec 14, 2012

View the TV spot on WAVY-TV about the Brock Environmental Center. ... Read More »

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October 2012

Media Advisory

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Celebrating a historic achievement of preservation, the official Pleasure House Point Ribbon Cutting Ceremony commenced on Friday, October 12. Due to the collaboration between the Trust for Public Land and the Chesa... Read More »

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August 2012

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Non-Profit Office. Educational Center. Living Building.  By Kathy Adams – The Virginian-Pilot... Read More »

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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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Pleasure House Point Preserved

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Plans include public water access, environmental education center VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. announced today that The Trust for Public Land has completed the conservation of Pleasure House Poi... Read More »

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Posted Jul 11, 2012

This article was published July 11, 2012 in The Virginian-Pilot and written by William C. Baker, president o... Read More »

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June 2012

Posted Jun 26, 2012

CNN story on Living Building Challenge... Read More »

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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

Charette Photo

Posted Apr 10, 2012

The project team gathered at a Design Charette to discuss and plan the project.... Read More »

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Project launched June 2012!