Lorax Partnerships, LLC
Lorax is known throughout the Baltimore area as green building and sustainability consultants – but we decided we didn’t want to stop there! In an effort to be a good neighbor in our community, and help improve more than just the buildings within it, we have initiated a new Company Charity Matching Program.
Lorax is now matching all of our employee’s personal donations to various local charities, including the South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC), BARCS Animal Shelter, The Salvation Army, The Associated Jewish Charities, and the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore. These organizations all have a special place in Lorax’s heart for different reasons.
- Neal sits on the Salvation Army Advisory Board
- Tim and Hailee volunteer as tutors at SBLC
- Katie is a participant of the Youth Leadership Council of The Associated
- Kristy and Krystal have adopted animals from BARCS Animal Shelter
However, we aren’t just putting our money where our mouth is… Lorax has been busy getting involved with these non-profits as well as several others!
Back in April Lorax showed power in numbers with over half of our company attending the SBLC Gala! After weeks of preparation by Hailee & the rest of the gala committee, we had an exciting evening filled with inspirational graduate speeches and unexpected auction winnings! We are so proud to support SBLC’s work to provide literacy, life skills training, and career services to Baltimore.
Throughout the spring and summer, our Lorax residents of Federal Hill – Tim, Hailee, Katie and Katie – have attended many Volunteering Untapped events. With a motto of Doing More for Bmore, VU organizes fun local volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis. From tree plantings with Blue Water Baltimore, to city clean-up efforts with the Waterfront Partnership, and handy work at the Baltimore Community Tool Bank, we’ve helped make a difference across our city, and can’t wait to see what events the upcoming months have in store!
As our work in the community continues into the hot summer months, Lorax hopes to continue a positive presence in South Baltimore and beyond!
10 Schilling Road
Owner: Greenfield Partners
10 Schilling Road is a major renovation of an existing office building in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and will serve as the new global headquarters for McCormick & Co. Over 900 employees will occupy the building, which is pursuing LEED Gold and will feature significant water and energy saving measures, electric vehicle charging, bike-friendly amenities, an expansive green roof and extensive green space on the site.
When Wexford Science and Technology set out to convert the old RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company Factory into a hub for biomedical research and information technology, no one would have guessed that they would cultivate over 1 million square feet of LEED Platinum space at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
On May 18, 2017, Lorax joined one of our esteemed clients, Wexford Science + Technology, for a One Million Square Foot extravaganza in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This celebration marked the LEED Certification of over 1 Million Square Feet of space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Team members gathered in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, which includes five completed projects and one building currently under development, to commemorate the feat.
Surrounding a 1.6 acre park, the campus houses a variety of spaces for innovation in biomedical science, technical research, and information technology. Wexford has worked closely with Wake Forest University to develop the complex into a hub of innovation.
The Million Square Foot Party included hundreds of guests, including team members back to the very first project. The evening started as guests enjoyed the beautiful weather in Bailey Park, sweeping views of all of the Wake Forest buildings, musical interludes, and even a magician! Lorax’s Neal Fiorelli presented the LEED Platinum plaques for Wake Downtown and The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, the most recently certified buildings, on the outdoor stage. From there, guests moved between courtyards while perusing photos of the incredible building transformations and enjoying a fantastic jazz trio. After cocktail hour, attendees made their way down the red carpet into the Wake Downtown building for the celebration dinner. The festivities showcased the incredible building design and sustainability, and boasted some fabulous food, great drinks, and beautiful ice sculptures to complete the scene. This extraordinary celebration served to recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by the entire project team and the advancement of biomedical science, technical research, and information technology at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
A Bit of Background
The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter consists of five buildings that all achieved LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, totaling 1,066,919 SF.
Just last month, Fitwel was introduced by the Center for Active Design (CfAD). Marketed as “a fresh approach to certification systems,” their strategies prove unique compared to what we are used to seeing from a LEED or WELL project. As the concept of occupant health and wellness continues to rise as a priority for building owners and operators, it is no surprise that this new rating system is already being utilized on so many properties.
Prior to their public launch, the GSA piloted Fitwel across the country on several different buildings, further solidifying the evidence of employee health and productivity improvements as well as healthcare cost reductions. Notable projects have been accomplished by ‘Fitwel Champions’ – leading companies that are early adopters of the Fitwel approach and strong believers in tenant wellbeing. From government entities to architect and engineering firms, the range of champions showcases the wide applicability and feasibility on all different project and client types.
What sets Fitwel apart is the simplicity of the process. Utilizing their digital scorecard (think less tedious paperwork) you can assess your property based on seven Health Impact Categories, across twelve overarching design and operation sections. Each category offers a unique point count totaling your Fitwel score as 1, 2, or 3 star rating, ranging from a basic to exemplary level of health promotion. And even if you didn’t quite make it to the first star, it can be used as a benchmarking tool regardless of any level of achievement. But the best part? This process is free from any prerequisites! …therefore eliminating a road block projects commonly face pursuing other rating systems.
Interested in learning more about Fitwel? Lorax is too – Katie is studying up to become a Fitwel Ambassador this summer! Once she’s passed the course she will be recognized as a leader and active participant in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. To see if Fitwel is the right approach for your next project, visit their website or give us a call and join the industry leaders in occupant health and wellness today!
* The Fitwel service marks (word and logos) are owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Participation by the Center for Active Design and other associated entities does not imply endorsement by HHS.
Baltimore Food Hub
Owner: Baltimore Food Hub, Inc.
A 3.5-acre campus of food ventures in East Baltimore that incorporates the old Eastern Pumping Station, the Baltimore Food Hub will bring new life to a disinvested neighborhood while providing opportunities for microenterprise, job creation, and community education. The campus will cluster synergistic uses to capitalize on the potential of the food industry — one of the top growth sectors nationally — to foster entrepreneurship and economic opportunity. We are creating a place where entrepreneurs can collaborate, food businesses can scale up, and neighbors can learn what it takes to make a career in the kitchen.
LEED has updated to version 4, and that means the ASHRAE referenced standard has some updates as well. For your convenience, we have summarized the major changes below.
- ASHRAE 90.1-2007 has been updated to ASHRAE 90.1-2010
- Process energy no longer has to make up 25% of the overall building energy for your baseline and proposed simulation models
- USGBC now requires you to achieve prerequisite compliance without accounting for the cost of generating renewable energy onsite
- For data centers, USGBC requires that building power and cooling infrastructure provides 2% of the required 5% energy cost reductions
- For Option 2, LEED now includes a prerequisite that the standard for compliance uses the 50% savings version of the Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) instead of the 30% savings version of the AEDG. This represents an expected savings of 50% over ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
- To achieve the prerequisites for Options 2 and 3, your project must follow ASHRAE 90.1-2010 mandatory and prescriptive requirements
- Unregulated loads should be modeled accurately to reflect the actual expected energy consumption of the building.
Chapter 5: Building Envelope
- Continuous Air Barriers are now required (except in semi-heated spaces)
- Air Leakage in entrance vestibules for climate zone 4 (MD , DC, and PA) in buildings larger than 1000SF must have self-closing doors, interior and exterior doors not open at the same time, distance between the interior and exterior door not less than 7ft when in closed position. (doors from dwelling units are except from this requirement)
- Fenestration and door air leakage has been expanded upon and testing methods have been updated with stricter requirements
- Skylights are REQUIRED for buildings that are 4 stories or less, and 5000SF, >15ft ceiling height, and are one of the following spaces types
- Gymnasium/Exercise Center
- Convention Center
- Automotive Services
- Non-refrigerated Warehouse
- Distribution/Sorting Area
Chapter 8: Power
- Automatic receptacle controls must be installed on at least 50% of the 120V receptacles in office and computer classrooms
Chapter 9: Lighting
- Most of the interior and exterior lighting power allowances have been reduced
- However the allowance for corridors went from 0.5 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 0.66 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
- Open Office went from 1.1 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 1.11 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
- Stairways went from 0.6 (ASHRAE 90.1-2007) to 0.69 (ASHRAE 90.1-2010)
- Daylighting is required if the building has 250SF or more side lighting… Continue reading
Salvation Army DMG Grocery Store
Owner: The Salvation Army
DMG Foods, named after The Salvation Army motto Doing The Most Good, will be a 6,000 sq. ft. non-profit grocery store that will provide healthy and affordable food in east Baltimore for families and individuals already receiving SNAP benefits.
There are many different sustainability related codes, rating systems, and standards in the marketplace today, and even more project types out there! Suffice it to say, Lorax has the ability and know-how to help you with your sustainability goals! We’ve got an AP for that!
Constructing a new building or renovating an old one? LEED BD+C is the perfect rating system for a whole variety of building types including schools, core and shell, offices, warehouses, apartments, and more. If you’re ready to get started on your project, There’s An AP for That! Krystal, Andrea, and Tim can tell you everything you need to know about LEED BD+C, they’d love to talk to you about the changes in LEED v4!
Is your building already complete? Want to monitor your operations and make sure your building is working the way it is supposed to? If this sounds like something you might be interested in, There’s an AP for That! Our resident LEED EB O+M experts, Kristy, Katie F, and Katie S will tell you all about how you can certify your existing building. And don’t forget to ask them about a very exciting Existing Building project, M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Baltimore Ravens!
Do you have a big project? A huge project? Maybe you want a way to get the community involved in your project, or find a way to get the most benefit for the surrounding neighborhood. If this seems like a description of something you’ve got in the works, There’s an AP for That! Call Hailee and ask her about LEED for Neighborhood Development. This rating system focuses on larger, community scale projects, and involves a lot more community involvement than traditional rating systems to get a LEED Certification for the whole neighborhood!
Want to design the healthiest, happiest, most productive building for your tenants? There’s An AP for That. Call Katie F and ask her about the WELL Building Standard. WELL focuses on concepts like air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind, to create a healthy space where people spend the majority of their time. The WELL Building Standard uses innovative, research-backed strategies to advance health, happiness, mindfulness, and productivity in our buildings and communities.
They may be called Verifiers… Continue reading
East Run Health Center
Owner: Cherry Cove
Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new East Run Health Center will provide local residents with additional options for medical care at a single location. This innovative community health center, developed by The Cherry Cove Group, includes an integrated design that will foster all treatment needs. Upon design and construction of this project, various community studies identified Lexington Park as an underserved area in terms of local healthcare needs. This new health center will help keep the surrounding neighborhoods happy and healthy, while also offering local employment opportunities.