For Immediate Release
Friday, July 23, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA. -- The new Reed-Westover Facility, a joint project between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Government, has been awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The joint facility includes the Reed School which houses the district’s teen parenting program and the Children’s School and Integration Station, a countywide preschool program, and the Arlington Public Library’s new Westover Branch. The facility was completed and dedicated in October 2009.
“This project is a tribute to the close collaboration and partnership that we enjoy with Arlington County to enhance our instructional program and to provide excellent facilities, services and support to our students and the entire community,” said Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy.
“Sustainable design and construction with a focus on energy efficiency are top priorities for Arlington County,” said Deputy County Manager Marsha Allgeier. “The Westover-Reed project is an excellent example of Arlington’s commitment to sustainable communities. We are proud of our cooperative efforts with Arlington Public Schools on this community landmark.”
The LEED rating system was designed by the USGBC to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. The rating system, the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings, is divided into five categories including; water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. There is also a category on innovation and design process.
Buildings receive points for each of the LEED rating system categories. A building needs at least 39 points to achieve a Gold rating. The Reed Westover facility received 40 points from the USGBC, using the following strategies:
The project also preserved a portion of the original brick school building. Although not part of the final LEED rating determination, reusing existing structures is one of the “greenest” techniques available as it reduces construction waste and eliminates the need to use new construction materials. For nearly 75 years, the Reed School is a civic building that has been an anchor in the community.
Reed-Westover was designed by Cox Graae + Spack Architects. Sustainable Design was the LEED consultant. The General Contractor for the project was Grunley Construction. Visit the APS website for information about the project, or contact APS at: 703-228-6005.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.