GVA Architecture • Interior Design

LEED and Green Design

Rosedale Federal

Rosedale Federal, 1975

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GVA is certainly not new to energy conscious design or “green” buildings. During the energy crisis of the 1970’s, our design for Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association in Churchville, MD was one of the first “active solar” buildings in the Baltimore-Washington region. By utilizing an integral rooftop photo-voltaic array and implementing many passive solar concepts, energy costs for the building were diminished significantly.

Unfortunately, the 1980’s saw a decrease in energy cost and therefore a dwindling interest in energy and resource conservation.

With energy costs now on the rise and a renewed concern for earth’s limited resources, the same issues from the 1970’s are once again on the public front burner. Informed by the lessons of the past and equipped with even more efficient and reliable technologies, owners, developers, architects and engineers are again addressing the concepts of sustainability in a more comprehensive and pragmatic fashion.

With the advent of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System a consistent measurable standard has arrived.

Since the early 2000’s, GVA has been involved in over 1.5 million square feet of space as part of fourteen LEED projects. Back in 2005, we designed and received Silver Certification on 304 National Business Park, one of the very first LEED-CS (Core and Shell) projects in the United States. We’ve also been involved in LEED-Ci (Commercial Interiors) and LEED-NC (New Construction) projects. We most recently won the Associated Builders and Contractors of Baltimore’s Award of Excellence for Schilling Green I in Hunt Valley, MD in the category of Best LEED Certified Renovation.

In addition to its two Principals, Christopher Lester and Stuart Rehr, GVA has LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED-AP) on staff to help shepherd any size and type of project through the USGBC/LEED accreditation process. We understand the wide ranging cost impacts of a green building and have established an enviable track record of achieving each project’s LEED goals, from “LEED Certified” to “LEED Platinum.”

Current and Recent Green / LEED Projects

Dr. James A. Forrest
Career & Technical Center
Leonardtown, MD
130,000 S.F.
School
N/A Completed 2004
Award NA
304 Sentinel Drive
Annapolis Junction, MD
162,000 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
Completed 2005 
Award Received
306 Sentinel Drive
Annapolis Junction, MD
162,000 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
Completed 2006 
Award Received
302 Sentinel Drive
and Parking Deck
Annapolis Junction, MD
162,000 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
Completed 2007 
Award Received
Schilling Green I
Hunt Valley, MD
115,200 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Gold
Completed 2008 
Award Pending
GE Financial at
Schilling Green I
Hunt Valley, MD
17,100 S.F.
Tenant Space
LEED-Ci
Silver
Completed 2008 
Award Pending
Schilling Green II
Hunt Valley, MD
257,200 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Gold
Completed 2008 
Award Pending
10695 Red Run Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD
96,000 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
Under Construction 
Award Pending
Riverwood I
Columbia, MD
37,500 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending
Riverwood II
Columbia, MD
37,500 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending
308 Sentinel Drive
Annapolis Junction, MD
162,200 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending
Buckingham I
and Parking Deck
Harmans, MD
116,400 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending
Buckingham II
Parking Deck
Harmans, MD
116,450 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-CS
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending
Rosedale Federal S&L Assoc.
Perry Hall, MD
14,000 S.F.
Office Bldg.
LEED-NC
Silver
In Design 
Award Pending