Our building was designed to be a high performance green building that provides our employees, tenants, and visitors with a healthy work environment and reduces the impact on the environment.
Washington, DC (Vocus) March 10, 2010
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced today that it has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold certification for the core and shell of its new headquarters building on the National Mall.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED® green building certification program, administered by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.
“We are delighted to receive LEED Gold certification from The U.S. Green Building Council,” said APhA CEO and Executive Vice President Thomas E. Menighan. “Our building was designed to be a high performance green building that provides our employees, tenants, and visitors with a healthy work environment and reduces the impact on the environment. We applaud the hard work and leadership of our entire project team, including John Gans, APhA’s former CEO for their work in achieving this significant accomplishment.”
Some of the green features include:
- 42% water savings by selecting low-flow fixtures
- 100% underground parking to reduce the heat-island effect
- Reserved parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
- Bicycle storage and shower facilities
- 50% of the undeveloped site is landscaped with indigenous plants
- Water-efficient landscaping systems and drought-tolerant plants reduce water use by 50%
- Increased ventilation and outdoor air-monitoring systems
- Optimized energy performance and metering systems
- Energy efficient Gen2 elevator systems
- Reduced light pollution caused by exterior lighting features
The key members of the headquarters project team engaged by APhA include:
Architect- Hartman-Cox Architects
Development Manager – JBG Companies
Construction Firm – Tishman Construction Corporation
Landscape Architect – James Urban & Associates
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
About the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. APhA members provide care in all practice settings, including community pharmacies, health systems, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, hospice settings, and the uniformed services.