Virginia Beach, Virginia
10,000 GSF, 930 M2
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Programming
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC)LEED-NC-Platinum, Living Building Challenge (LBC) Certified
Architectural Engineering Integration - Award of Merit, Best Master Planned Project - Award of Excellence, Best of the Best Green Project
2030 challenge, bio-retention, biomimicry, biophilia, chemicals of concern, climate change, composting toilet, constructed wetlands, daylighting, daylighting analysis, dedicated outside air, deep green, efficient lighting, energy efficiency, energy modeling, energy recovery, green design, greenhouse gas emission, greywater, habitat restoration, health product declaration, high-performance glazing, high-performance lighting, indoor environmental quality, innovation, interiors, landscape for stormwater control, leadership in energy and environmental design, leed, life-cycle cost analysis, life-cycle cost assessment, lighting controls, living building challenge, material transparency, mixed-mode ventilation, natural ventilation, net-zero, net-zero energy, net-zero impact, on-demand water heating, passive cooling, passive solar, permeable paving, pervious paving, pre-cycling, rainwater collection _ re-use, red list, regenerative environment, renewable energy, restorative landscape, right-sizing, salvaged material, stormwater management, sustainability, sustainable building, sustainable material, thermal comfort, transparency, united states green building council, usgbc, walkable community, workplace, workspace design, xeriscaping
For its new Brock Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) envisioned transcending LEED, achieving zero-net-CO2 emissions and zero waste leaving the site—a new and significant paradigm for sustainability. To design the Center, CBF engaged SmithGroupJJR, building on a long-standing relationship.
To forge a shared vision for the 118-acre site, the last large undeveloped parcel at Pleasure House Point, monthly stakeholder meetings drew important input from community partners and the City of Virginia Beach. Housing offices for CBF and partner groups, the center also features an 80-seat conference room, meeting rooms, and exhibit display areas. Site development, focused on preservation of the local ecology, includes a boat pier with floating dock, a 250-foot kayak pier, and an open-air education pavilion.
A collaborative approach to planning at the project's onset forged a close relationship with the City's regulatory agencies, helping them to adopt sustainability strategies such as permeable paving and on-site waste treatment. In 2016, the Brock Center achieved Living Building Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute.
CBF is committed to showcasing the new the Center's sustainable attributes, it publishes its daily usage on a Building Dashboard.
A Pebble in the Pond—The Living Building Challenge Charrette
This video documents early discussions by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and its design and construction partners about their vision for the Brock Environmental Center.
The Brock Environmental Center: A Pinnacle of Sustainability and Resilience
Resilient Design Institute examines the Brock Center.
USGBC Publishes "Better Building Materials | Understanding Human Health & Environmental Attributes"
Ch. 6: Lessons in Materials Transparency & Selection for the Brock Environmental Center, by Greg Mella