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"We look forward to collaborations
with the Lorax people on our projects.
They provide value, insight, and
efficient support on a wide variety of
sustainable strategies. They have
proven to be very resourceful for our practice."

-William A.L. Gaudreau, AIA
President, Principal
Gaudreau, Inc. Architect Planners Engineers

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Welcome to Our Blog: What’s Sprouting

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By Neal Fiorelli

I’ve been told in recent years “You guys should have a Blog”, but I could never quite see the value, probably because I didn’t quite understand it.  Several of our friends and competitors in the sustainability community had blogs, but I couldn’t quite keep up with them. So how could I possibly create one myself?

It wasn’t until it was suggested by a recent hire, Katie, that I finally gave it some deeper thought.  Katie seemed perfect for the role of maintaining it, she stays current on sustainability news and has a knack for catching the attention of a reader.  So I figured, why not?

But what will we write about? So many blogs write about the same topics over and over again, while others are really specialized and don’t exactly appeal to the masses.  What could we present on a blog that would be of some interest to a diverse group of friends, associates, and the community at large? 

And that’s when we came upon the idea of “Anything.”   Our only criteria is to strive to ensure it is worth your time to read it and therefore worth our time to write it!  Our goal is for our blog readers to enthusiastically await the next post!

So again, Welcome to our new Blog – it is here that we will provide information and updates on the happenings of sustainability and green buildings in our community, the country and the world…or we may not.   We might just provide information on a new or really cool technology breakthrough…or perhaps technology failure.   Perhaps something about a current event or something historical, maybe something political or controversial.   Or it may just be satirical, humorous, or just plain outrageous!  If we believe it is of interest we will write about it.  And what we want most is that it is of interest to you!     

So please, we encourage you to read our blog and sign up for our newsletter. Give a few articles a test drive, and we would love to hear from you if you find it worthwhile.  

Welcome!

L. Neal Fiorelli

Principal Partner

Lorax Partnerships, LLC

 

American Chemical Society Headquarters Recertification

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American Chemical Society Headquarters Certification and Recertification 

Owner: American Chemical Society
Client: American Chemical Society
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings v2009 Platinum

The American Chemical Society (ACS) HQ Building, a 135,127 square foot office building located in Washington D.C., became LEED EB O&M Gold certified in 2009. Since the conclusion of their previous LEED Gold certification in 2009, the operations and management team made a commitment to continued sustainability in their operations and achieved the prestigious LEED Platinum rating in 2011.

Wilde Lake Village Center

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Wilde Lake Village Center

Owner: Kimco Realty Corporation
Client: Kimco Realty Corporation
Certification Level: Anticipated LEED NCv2009 Silver

In 2012, Kimco Realty began constructing a visionary mixed-use redevelopment village center in Columbia, Maryland. Kimco Realty focused on three areas as their guiding design and construction principles in the development of Wildelake Village Center: Connectivity, Community Interaction, and Environmental Impact.

Royal Farms

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Royal Farms

Owner: Royal Farms
Client: Royal Farms
LEED BD+C: New Construction v2009 Certified

In 2005, Royal Farms decided to evaluate their design and construction processes to ensure they were building the most efficiently operating buildings possible. This led to an understanding that their design and construction practices were closely aligned with the LEED rating system. Since 2007, Royal Farms has certified over 20 stores under various LEED rating systems, and continues to design and construct all of their stores to sustainable standards, making them Real Fresh, Real Fast, and Real Green.

Arbutus Library & Community Center

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Arbutus Library & Community Center

Owner: Baltimore County
Client: Sanders Designs
LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2 Silver and Gold

The Arbutus Library & Community Center was one of Baltimore County’s very first green building projects; teamwork and collaboration allowed Baltimore County to surpass their initial certification goals on these two facilities.

Brunswick Library

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Brunswick Library

Owner: Frederick County
Client: Morris Richie Associates
LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2 Silver

The Brunswick Library was the first LEED certified building by the Frederick County Government. Frederick County intends to continue to construct green buildings throughout the County, keeping in mind fiscal and environmental responsibility.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore

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Fairfield Inn and Suites

Owner: Summit Associates
Client: SAH Design
Certification Level: LEED NC v2.2 Gold

Fairfield Inn is the first LEED Gold Hotel in Baltimore. Summit Associates decided early on that they wanted to make the Fairfield Inn and Suites – Baltimore a memorable hospitality experience and a real learning experience focused on sustainable living and development.  Guests are given greenware biodegradable cups in their rooms, koozies made from recycled material in the Tavern, and opportunities to recycle throughout the hotel. Guests of the eco suites are provided with bikes within the suite.

TownePlace Suites BWI

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TownePlace Suites BWI

Owner: Summit Associates
Client: Summit Associates
Certification Level: LEED EB: O+M v2009 Gold

This extended stay hotel is located in a very convenient location around the BWI airport in Linthicum, MD. TownePlace Suites sets itself apart from the vast number of hotels in the area with its commitment to customer service, leading the way in sustainability for the hospitality industry.

Courtyard Crabtree

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Courtyard Crabtree

Owner: Summit Associates
Client: Summit Associates
Certification Level: LEED EB: O&M v2009 Gold

The Courtyeard Crabtree is designed and operated to provide a rich experience for its guests, minimize its use of precious resources, and contribute to its civic environment. The motivation for this hotel to achieve a LEED EB O&M certification is the opportunity to provide visitors with green alternatives, as well as, a different and unique experience.

DaVita Dialysis Center

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DaVita Dialysis Center

Owner: DaVita Healthcare Partners
Client: DaVita Healthcare Partners
LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v2009 Silver Equivalent

The Annapolis DaVita Dialysis facility has been certified under the City of Annapolis system, a LEED equivalent rating system.  DaVita has three components or programs: an in-center hemodialysis treatment clinic, a Peritoneal Dialysis and training for Home Hemodialysis, and a Doctor’s office for the Medical Director and resident Nephrologist.