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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Discovering and Financing Energy-Saving Opportunities

Last week Katie and Tim attended the DC Sustainable Energy Utility office’s presentation on Discovering and Financing Energy-Saving Opportunities in Your Building. The facilitators of the forum were representatives from Urban Ingenuity, a DC based Financial Services Organization that “provides innovative solutions to develop and finance advanced energy projects, building retrofits, and state of the art clean energy infrastructure.” Urban Ingenuity focused on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing method, specifically its usage throughout the District of Columbia and the many opportunities for the program’s expansion.

Tim is already an expert on Maryland’s adoption of PACE (read more here!), but these Loraxians wanted to learn how DC’s more established program was operating and  how it could apply to our current and future DC projects.

Eligibility remains the same across state borders- both new construction and existing buildings qualify, but it applies only to commercial (office, institutional, multifamily, industrial, or non-profit), with government and single-family residential projects excluded. Many case studies that are currently financing building upgrades with DC PACE were discussed, and the presenters noted that PACE funding has been used on a wide range of project sizes, from $100k up to $2 million.

PACE helps take the ever-present question of financially prioritizing sustainability out of the equation. With its proven benefits for both long and short term owners (think: increased property value, decreased utility bills and lower operations and maintenance costs) PACE allows them to stay relevant in today’s competitive market.

As many of our projects pursue rating system certifications, we were excited to learn that standard PACE improvements and upgrades align well with many of the rating systems requirements of LEED, IgCC, and several others, therefore streamlining the application process for the PACE assessors. But, note that the program is adaptable to assess projects independent of green building certifications.

Contractors interested in working on PACE projects must be registered with the program, but the process is very straightforward- simply fill out an application here.

If you think your project may qualify, or you want to learn more about DC PACE details, please contact Tim Barranco or Katie Stanford!

Neal Fiorelli Honored at Baltimore SmartCEO 2017 Future 50 Awards Ceremony

Baltimore SmartCEO Honored Fast-Growth Companies at its 2017 Future 50 Awards Ceremony

Baltimore SmartCEO honored the 2017 Future 50 Award winners at a Hawaii-themed awards celebration on January 19, 2017 at the Hunt Valley Inn. In all, 50 mid-sized Future 50 companies and 10 Emerging Growth companies were recognized in the program for their fast growth, determined by a three-year average of employee and revenue numbers. The 2017 Future 50 winners collectively generate more than $800 million in annual revenue and employ 7,604 individuals in the Greater Baltimore area.

Neal Fiorelli, Principal of Lorax Partnerships, supported by many Lorax team members, was honored in the Emerging Growth category at the 2017 Future 50 Awards Ceremony. Read Neal’s story here: http://www.smartceo.com/2017-baltimore-future-50-lorax-partnerships-llc/. Neal reminds us that, “The really good leaders I’ve experienced in my career know how to articulate the purpose of their vision, clearly state the objectives, and then step aside and let the right talent lead the charge.” See the full list of 2017 Emerging Growth Winners below.

 “Ask any CEO and they’ll tell you that leading a fast-growing company is one of the most exhilarating and challenging endeavors an entrepreneur can experience. From growing a startup to scaling an established organization, this year’s Future 50 winners have executed their growth strategies year after year. More impressively, they have created job opportunities and fueled economic prosperity in our region,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO.

“These passionate and driven entrepreneurs embody the true definition of leadership. We honor them for their unwavering commitment to building their businesses, shaping our communities and making our region a better place to work and live.”

2017 Emerging Growth Winners

Ainsley & Co.

View the SmartCEO Future 50 Emerging Growth group video.

The Beliveau Group

Capital Services, Inc.

Continental Clinical Solutions, LLC

Evolve Consulting Group, Inc.

Kermit

L&H Business Consulting, LLC

Lorax Partnerships

Mediquest, LLC

Vibrancy21

About the Future 50 Awards

The Future 50 Awards program is the largest and most anticipated SmartCEO awards program of the year. This program recognizes 50 of the region’s fastest growing, mid-sized companies. These companies represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success.

About SmartCEO

SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources.

Lorax Partnerships 2016 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

In December, Lorax’s very own Andrea Shoaf was named an NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2016. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), is a rigorous third-party certification program for single and multifamily residential projects. Andrea joins an elite group of program partners — one of 18 verifiers identified — who have been recognized for their dedication to customers, providing increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification services. 

This recognition was awarded to those who display leadership in innovation in building science, dedication to the residential construction industry, and significant commitment to green certification over the past year. Lorax Partnerships is committed to building an inventory of healthier homes that cost less to operate, are more comfortable to live in, and are part of a more sustainable lifestyle for their residents.

Lorax has certified more than 200 residential units under NGBS, and is currently working with design and construction teams on 2,000 new residential units as regional demand for sustainable multifamily development ramps up. 300 St. Paul Place, 2 Hopkins PlazaThe Woodberry, and The Enclave at Box Hill are some of the newest Baltimore City projects pursuing NGBS certification with Lorax’s accredited NGBS verifiers. 

300 St. Paul Place

300 St. Paul Place is a residential conversion of an existing office building in the heart of downtown Baltimore by developer PMC Property Group. The building was constructed in 1957 by Commercial Credit Corporation and has served as office space for a number of financial institutions since then, including Citigroup Inc. The new design will preserve the iconic façade while modernizing the interior spaces and adding amenities for tenants.

 

2 Hopkins Plaza

2 Hopkins Plaza is a mixed-use conversion by Berman Enterprises of the existing PNC Bank office tower in downtown Baltimore. The renovations will turn the top 11 floors to apartments and bottom floors to office space for several hundred employees of the Army Corp of Engineers. The building is home to one of the City’s new bike share stations and has direct access to new bike lanes that run from 29th street at Johns Hopkins University to Pratt Street downtown.

The Woodberry

2001 West Cold Spring Lane, also known as The Woodberry, is a mixed-use development project by Klein Enterprises and Manekin located in north Baltimore, at the… Continue reading

2016 USGBC MD Wintergreen Awards are Lighting Up Baltimore

Congratulations to our clients and friends who were selected as finalists for the US Green Building Council Maryland Chapter’s 12th Annual Wintergreen Awards!   The Wintergreen Awards Ceremony will be held on January 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at Exelon Baltimore Headquarters.

We wish to extend a few special congratulations to those in the running this year:

First and foremost, congratulations to Baltimore City Public Schools and the COPT Sustainability Committee… our fierce competition for Wintergreen’s Leadership Award! This award honors organizations and firms that have demonstrated leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building across Maryland.  Lorax is thrilled to have qualified for this prestigious recognition and wishes the best of luck to all!

We also want to highlight Verde at Greenbelt Station for qualifying as 1 of the 3 finalists for the Residential Project Award! Verde will not only offer housing that is highly energy efficient, water efficient, and solar powered, but tenants will benefit from numerous sustainable amenities, such as preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles, convenient access to DC’s public transportation, and plenty of green outdoor space for work and play. The three building complex is anticipating achievement of LEED BD+C: New Construction v2009 Gold in winter 2017. Working with Atapco Properties and The Dolben Company on this project has been a pleasure.

We look forward to celebrating all of the “Exelont” advocates of Maryland green building next week!

USGBC Maryland’s Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building celebrates projects, businesses, members and partners demonstrating excellence in high performance and healthy building design, environmental stewardship, community impact, and more. Network over great food and drinks with key green building professionals and sustainability supporters in our region!

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and event attendees will vote for the recipient of our People’s Choice Project Award! Details & Registration

2 Hopkins Plaza

 

2 Hopkins Plaza

Owner: Berman Enterprises 
Client: Berman Enterprises
Certification Level: NGBS Bronze

2 Hopkins Plaza is a mixed-use conversion by Berman Enterprises of the existing PNC Bank office tower in downtown Baltimore. The renovations will turn the top 11 floors to apartments and bottom floors to office space for several hundred employees of the Army Corp of Engineers. The building is home to one of the City’s new bike share stations and has direct access to new bike lanes that run from 29th street at Johns Hopkins University to Pratt Street downtown.

The Enclave at Box Hill

 

The Enclave at Box Hill

Owner: Bavar Properties Group, LLC
Client: Henneman + Associates
Certification Level: NGBS Bronze

The Enclave at Box Hill is a nearly 40-acre residential development project in Abingdon, Maryland currently underway and spearheaded by Bavar Properties Group and Murn Development. The phased project will feature around 400 units when fully built out, ranging in size from one bedroom apartments to three bedroom townhomes.

300 St. Paul Place

 

300 St. Paul Place

Owner: PMC Property Group
Client: PMC Property Group
Certification Level: NGBS Bronze

300 St. Paul Place is a residential conversion of an existing office building in the heart of downtown Baltimore by developer PMC Property Group. The building was constructed in 1957 by Commercial Credit Corporation and has served as office space for a number of financial institutions since then, including Citigroup Inc. The new design will preserve the iconic façade while modernizing the interior spaces and adding amenities for tenants.

The Woodberry

 

The Woodberry

Owner: Klein Enterprises and Manekin
Client: J Davis Architects
Certification Level: NGBS Bronze

2001 West Cold Spring Lane, also known as The Woodberry, is a mixed-use development project by Klein Enterprises and Manekin located in north Baltimore, at the juncture of Cold Spring Lane and Interstate 83. It will include significant residential and retail spaces in close proximity to the light rail and hiking and biking trails. The project also represents a win for the local environment, as the site will experience significant environmental remediation to clean up the remnants of its past use as a BG&E gas storage facility.