This Inside Business article gives an update about the Brock Environmental Center.
Brock Environmental Center to open in November
By Lydia Wheeler // Inside Business
The Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach will open in November.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation broke ground on the 10,000-square-foot net zero power, water and waste facility, which overlooks 118 acres of protected land along the Lynnhaven River, in August. When finished, the building will house CBF’s educational facility and its Hampton Roads staff, as well as the offices of Lynnhaven River Now, an environmental group dedicated to reducing pollution in the Lynnhaven River. CFB is hoping it will become the state’s first certified Living Building Challenge building.
Green features include compostable toilets, 162 solar panels that will produce 60 percent of the energy and two 80-foot wind turbines and geothermal wells, which will be used to heat and cool the building.
The facility was designed to curve to the south for natural lighting and to pick up the ocean breeze. Construction is expected to cost $5 to $6 million.