Monthly Archives: February 2017
Last week Krystal and the Katie duo attended the Good Design = Good Health: AIA Baltimore Health & Wellness 2nd Annual Showcase, hosted by Marshall Craft Associates at their beautiful new Clipper Mill office!
We knew the exciting project exhibits and networking opportunities could not be missed, but what drew us to this particular event was its alignment with Lorax’s 2017 goal to broaden our knowledge and experience in occupant health and wellness.
The AIA showcase did not disappoint, highlighting a range of projects from community centers to hospitals, grade schools, higher education, assisted living centers, and many more. By discussing such a variety of buildings, the event allowed different innovate design features to stand out and demonstrate the specific health and wellness attributes it could offer. As we listened to the teams’ presentations we were impressed by the calming roof top gardens, active bike paths, and open learning spaces.
Although none were specifically certified under the IWBI WELL building standard, Katie Fink, Lorax’s newest WELL AP, noticed the synergies between the project strategies with many of WELL’s comprehensive concepts- nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind, to name a few. We also stumbled upon a few of our own projects, including BrightView Senior Living of Bethesda and the research facility at 2 Hopkins Plaza!
As the green building industry continues to grow, we have seen more clients shifting focusing from the traditional design for efficiency to a greater incorporation of the physical and mental wellbeing of the life inside it. All of the incredible projects we saw last week are embodying this trend and leading by example throughout the Baltimore area.
The Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building is always an exciting evening for the Lorax crew; new and sustainable venues to explore, interesting projects to learn from, excellent networking and mingling, and the nervous anticipation of the award ceremony. Every year, it warms our collective hearts to see our partners and clients honored and feel many of our projects lauded. We even had the opportunity to learn from the sustainable choices made throughout the design and construction of the new Exelon Building in Harbor Point. But this year at the 12th Anniversary Wintergreen Awards ceremony, Lorax Partnerships had a lot to celebrate!
Prior to the Wintergreen Awards this year, unbeknownst to us, a longtime friend and partner, nominated Lorax Partnerships for the USGBC MD Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems. Simultaneously, we nominated Baltimore City Public Schools, our partner in the Baltimore City Schools Construction Program, for the very same Leadership Award. When the list of finalists was published, we realized we were competing against them in the Leadership Category. Nothing like a little friendly competition!
Shock and Disbelief
As Sabrina Bachman, the Executive Director of the USGBC MD Community, began the award ceremony, Lorax settled in for a potential loss to our friend and competitor, Baltimore City Public Schools. Sabrina kicked off the award ceremony with the President’s Choice Award, the most competitive award, as all of the nominees – project and leadership – are eligible to receive it. We were all stunned when Sabrina announced “Lorax Partnerships!” We all looked at each other in shock as we were cajoled to the podium to accept the plaque and honor of receiving the President’s Choice Award!
Below is an excerpt from the award address:
“Let me share a little bit about Lorax Partnerships:
- Since its inception, Lorax has helped clients reach their sustainability goals, including through the completion of 188 green building projects.
- Lorax is deeply involved in USGBC Maryland as members, committee volunteers, and through past service on our local board of directors. Their expertise has benefited our USGBC network and other organizations and agencies looking to analyze the best use of rating systems and codes.
- Locally owned and operated from its base in Baltimore, Lorax provides sustainability and green building consulting… Continue reading
In Late January, the US Green Building Council released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED; the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list ranks states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. LEED certified buildings use less energy and water resources, save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create a healthier environment for building occupants.
In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh in the country by the US Green Building Council. Maryland certified 104 projects representing 13,426,623 square feet of real estate, which corresponds to 2.33 LEED certified square feet per resident, in 2016.
“I’m always proud to see Maryland on the list of top 10 states for LEED,” said Sabrina Bachman, director of community, USGBC Maryland. “I have the honor of seeing many of our exemplary sustainable building projects first-hand, and it’s wonderful for this local work to be recognized nationally, and even globally.”
- 7880 Milestone Parkway AP#9 in Hanover, MD – LEED Gold
- Cinemark at Towson Square in Towson, MD – LEED Silver
- Holiday Inn Express in California, MD – LEED Silver
- Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD – LEED Gold
- NIST – NCCoE in Rockville, MD – LEED Silver
- Royal Farms 173 in Randallstown, MD – LEED Certified
- Royal Farms 217 in Frederick, MD – LEED Certified
- Towson Fire Station in Towson, MD – LEED Silver
- Towson University Health & Counseling Center in Towson, MD – LEED Silver
2017 is well on its way to being another great year for LEED certified space in Maryland and for Lorax! For more information on the ranking, please see the USGBC Press Release.