FORT BELVOIR, Va. – On Tuesday, the Department of the Army and Clark Realty Capital will celebrate "An Innovative Partnership, A Sustainable Future" at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir. During the ceremony, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will award Fort Belvoir's Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center as the first military project ever to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction (LEED-NC) Platinum certification. Developed by Clark Realty Capital and constructed by Clark Builders Group, the neighborhood center is part of a public-private partnership between Clark and the Department of the Army to develop, rehabilitate, and construct 2,070 homes on 576 acres at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia.
"This neighborhood center and its sustainable construction and environmentally sound design are another indication of the innovation Clark is bringing to our homes at Fort Belvoir. As a responsible steward of the environment, the Army is proud to have such a like-minded partner," said Colonel Jerry Blixt, Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir.
The fourth of five community centers to be built at Fort Belvoir, the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center sets a new standard for green building on military installations. The project's eco-friendly features include a native and adapted species butterfly garden, a recycled playground, and energy-saving components such as a geothermal heat system, photovoltaic solar panels, and efficient lighting controls. The building also ensures a healthy environment for residents with advanced indoor air quality management systems and low volatile organic compound materials such as paint, carpet and sealants. Overall, the neighborhood center achieves 70% reduction in energy and 43% water savings over traditional buildings of its kind. All of the project's sustainable features are highlighted through an innovative program aimed to educate residents and future generations about environmental sustainability.
"We are proud to be involved in a project that gives back to military families," said Casey Nolan, development executive at Clark Realty Capital. "We hope that the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center will serve as an educational tool and amenity for the children at Fort Belvoir, as well as a new benchmark for sustainable facilities on other military installations."
Fort Belvoir has earned numerous green awards for previous development and construction projects, including the Greater Washington Green Business Award, the Virginia Sustainable Building Award, and Outstanding Federal Planning Project. As the first project in the military and the second in the state to achieve LEED-NC Platinum certification, the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center marks the partnership's most recent accomplishment. The neighborhood center also earned the project its most recent award, the Fairfax County Environmental Excellence award.
"This LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership by Clark and the Army," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
During the ceremony, remarks will be made by Colonel Blixt, Melissa Gallagher-Rodgers, government sector manager at USGBC, and Mr. Nolan. Following remarks, Ms. Gallagher-Rodgers will present Clark and the Army with a plaque to commemorate the LEED certification, and neighborhood children will pour captured rainwater collected through the project's eco-friendly system into a new solar birdbath for the butterfly garden.
About Clark Realty Capital
Clark Realty Capital (CRC) is a fully integrated national real estate company offering a broad base of services including capital markets, development, construction, property management, and investment management. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are leveraging the ingenuity and assured performance of CRC at 12 military installations throughout the United States. Upon completion of current military projects, CRC will have built or renovated over 34,000 homes with a development value in excess of $4.9 billion. For more information, visit www.clarkrealtycapital.com.
About Clark Builders Group
As the fourth largest multifamily builder in the nation, Clark Builders Group (CBG) is one of the nation's premier builders of luxury apartments, military family housing, and mixed-use communities. CBG has constructed more than 50,000 homes since its founding in 1992 and boasts an extensive portfolio of nationally acclaimed, award-winning communities on both coasts. CBG is an affiliate of the Clark Construction Group, one of the nation's oldest and largest private general contractors. For more information, visit www.clarkbuildersgroup.com.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008.
Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.