Girard Engineering Projects Win USGBC Awards of Excellence

Falls Church, VA—Three buildings engineered by Girard Engineering have recently been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region chapter. All three projects-one involving new construction and two involving comprehensive modernizations-are located in downtown Washington, DC.

The modernization of 1225 Connecticut Avenue, developed by Brookfield Properties, was awarded LEED® Core & Shell Project of the Year and presented to the James G. Davis Construction Company. Designed by RTKL, the project involved a complete renovation of a seven-story freestanding office building, including all new building systems. The Class A building now features a distinctive glass curtainwall with floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art chillers, a heat-recovery enthalpy wheel for optimum indoor air quality, and a solar-reflective roof. The property's energy costs have decreased by 23% since the completion of the renovation, which earned the first LEED Platinum certification for an office building on the East Coast.

A Core & Shell Honorable Mention went to Akridge for the development of 700 Sixth Street, NW. The LEED Platinum office tower features a striking design with a glass curtainwall façade, a three-story atrium lobby, and high-performance building systems including fiber optics and T1 voice/data. Amenities include a fitness center, advanced security system, and a green roof with a rooftop terrace. The building was designed by HOK and constructed by Balfour Beatty.

The Council on Foreign Relations headquarters, designed by award recipient Mancini Duffy/Winstanley, earned an Honorable Mention in the New Construction (Urban) category. Located at 1777 F Street, NW, the 62,000-square-foot, build-to-suit project involved a complete renovation of an eight-story building, including all new mechanical/electrical and plumbing systems. The LEED Gold project incorporated a historic row house façade and includes two floors of conference space with a broadcast studio and sophisticated audio-visual, lighting, acoustical, and technology features. Sustainable design highlights include a central custom penthouse HVAC system, advanced lighting controls including occupancy sensors, a cistern, and water-conserving features. The construction was managed by Mark G. Anderson Consultants.

The USGBC NCR chapter developed the Awards of Excellence to recognize projects demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in sustainable design and construction. Categories include LEED for Schools, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, Green Building Operations and Maintenance, Building Design and Construction, Residential Construction, Neighborhood Development, and the Industry Innovation Award.

Based in Falls Church, Va., Girard Engineering provides comprehensive mechanical and electrical engineering services through all phases of design and construction, from conceptual design through final system commissioning. The firm's practice includes office, institutional, educational, and multifamily residential projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Release Date: 
November 2010
For Immediate Release