Young Leaders Tour Ellicott City was also featured on the ULI Baltimore Website.
On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the ULI Baltimore Young Leaders met at the Phoenix Emporium on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City to take a walking tour and learn about the revitalization efforts following the devastating flood of 2016.
While at the Phoenix Emporium, representatives from Howard County Economic Development Authority recapped the events of the flooding, the companies and properties that were damaged, and how the community rallied together to rebuild. Impressively, Ellicott City has retained nearly all of the original businesses that were affected by the flood.
Immediately following the flood, Howard County Economic Development Authority asked ULI to assemble a Technical Assistance Panel to consider what the future of the Ellicott City retail district might look like. The two-day TAP convened on January 11th and 12th at Millworks, HCEDA’s new business resource center, and co-working space. The speakers summarized the TAP findings.
TAP addressed key strategic questions, such as:
What does Ellicott City want to be?
What retail mix should it have?
What do we need to do (in the short and medium term) to make that happen?
For ULI Baltimore, the tour of Ellicott City was a different perspective on urban planning and revitalization. Ellicott City’s revitalization focuses on historic infill sites and are restricted by geography and existing infrastructure – much different than new construction projects.
After the presentation, the Young Leaders were invited to take a walking tour up and down Main Street to see, first hand, which businesses have returned, what work still needs to be done, and how the community has evolved to be more resilient in the face of future flooding.
While unfortunate, the tour of the flood recovery in Ellicott City was particularly timely with the recent flooding and future recovery of areas like Houston, south Florida, and Puerto Rico. With the success of their recovery, Ellicott City can share lessons learned and strategies for success.
Update as of September 5, 2017: Applications are no longer being accepted for consideration. Thank you to all of those who applied and interviewed.
Lorax Partnerships, LLC is seeking new talent to join our team. Now, in our 15th year, we continue to expand our portfolio of more than 200 completed projects, and are looking to increase our capacity to support our expanding services and growing project workload.
We are seeking enthusiastic, self-driven, service oriented individuals to fill Project Management and Business Administrative positions. The candidates we select shall be people oriented, highly organized, and enjoy working in teams. Candidates for consideration will possess strong writing and verbal communications skills in a business environment. Proficiency with business office software such as MS Office products is a must.
We are open to new employees from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. The optimal candidates should have the desire to thrive in a team work environment, and be capable of tackling a steep learning curve.
What We Do
Lorax Partnerships provides sustainability and green building consulting services to building developers, owners, and occupants, as well as business owners, architects, and other real estate professionals interested in improving the environmental performance of their company, building or development project.
Our motivated and experienced project managers furnish building owners and developers with a single and knowledgeable point of contact for sustainable design, construction, and facilities management practices.
We work with organizations to integrate sustainability into overall business strategies through corporate environmental consulting; advising on waste management, energy usage, and operational efficiency.
We have depth and breadth of experience across a number of green building codes, standards, and rating systems. Since our establishment in 2003, we have helped to streamline and expedite the building certification process for our clients in order to achieve their sustainability goals.
Who We Are
Lorax’s prime value to our clients and their project teams is our people. The company consists of highly motivated and experienced staff that believes in the business, and what it stands for, and we are continually inspired by new challenges in a rapidly evolving industry. All employees are accredited in one or more green building rating system including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Green Globes, the WELL Building Standard, Fitwel, Certified Energy Manager, and Guiding Principles.
Where We Work… Continue reading
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!
And now, in the second quarter of 2017, we have three additional accreditations to boast: a Certified Energy Manager, a Fitwel Ambassador, and three new NGBS Verifiers!
Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Are you looking for knowledgeable advice regarding energy usage and suggestions for improving your overall energy efficiency? There’s An AP for That! As a CEM, Andrea has the knowledge and skills to evaluate your building’s energy usage and make suggestions for improving your overall energy efficiency. She takes a holistic approach to the entire building’s energy usage to look for ways to make small economic investments for huge energy savings. Since its inception in 1981 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant. The CEM is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach. CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies.
Looking for a fresh approach to certification systems that address occupant health and wellness? There’s An AP for That! Katie, a new Fitwel Ambassador, is recognized as a leader and active participant in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. 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. Fitwel has a vision for the future where every building is enhanced to support the wellbeing of its occupants, and surrounding communities. It is a unique building certification system that positively impacts occupant health and productivity through an integrated approach to workplace design and operations.
They may be called Verifiers instead of APs, but we can’t forget about our resident NGBS verifiers! In the second quarter of 2017, Andrea and Tim updated their NGBS accreditation to 2015 NGBS Verifiers, and Hailee has joined the crew as a 2012 NGBS Verifier.… Continue reading
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.
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.
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
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.
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