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2016 PROJECT Award Winners

In 2016, the awards listed below were available for application by the USGBC-NCR community.  Projects were required to be located in the USGBC-NCR region, and where certification was required, projects were to have been awarded certification between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

LEED Building Design and Construction Certified Projects

Applied to projects certified under the USGBC’s Building Design and Construction rating system, including New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, and Healthcare.

Awards were not given in all categories.  This is done when there were not submissions, or were not submissions which met, in the judging panel’s opinion, the standard of excellence and innovation that the Leadership Awards are intended to recognize.

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Building Design


WINNER - Jefferson Houston Pre K-8 School

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  • "A participant in the USGBC’s pilot program for Sustainable Education, Jefferson-Houston is working to incorporate sustainability topics into lesson plans that can be adapted for various grades and classes. With the support of educational signage, the building acts as a teaching tool, encouraging students to participate in the revealed ecological and engineering functions of the building and its surrounding landscape."

  • "Solatube® skylights, roof-mounted energy recovery units, an efficient building envelope, and an air source heat pump support a 43% decrease in energy savings compared to baseline performance. Meticulously tuned for sustainability, the façades incorporate a variety of shading strategies to maximize daylighting while reducing glare and energy consumption. The school currently maintains an EUI of 30.6."

  • "Serious about saving water, the Jefferson Houston design team ...designed special piping that uses captured rainwater from the 100,000 gallon storage tank and captured condensate to use for flushing toilets. Together these strategies help save nearly 1 million gallons of water per year, or enough to fill up 1 and half Olympic sized swimming pools."

  • "The major achievement of this project is the creation of a new school aligned with the vision and goals of the community. Named a low-performing “priority school” in 2012, Jefferson-Houston has demonstrated marked growth in student performance since its re-design. According to Scholastic Reading and Math Inventories, since 2012, the number of students performing below state standards in reading and math has significantly declined. In 2013, the school met all math targets for the Standard of Learning tests and saw a sharp reduction in the gap between average student scores and the state benchmark. This achievement held true for ESL students, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and minority students. The school continues to close gaps in core academic areas, thanks to a culture of continuous improvement established during the planning process."

  • "Recently, a kindergartner in the new school commented that when she’s in the purple passageway to her classroom wing, it 'makes her whole body feel happy'."

Project Team

VMDO Architects - Architect-of-Record
B2E, MEP Engineer
Fox & Associates - Structural Engineer
Kimley-Horn - Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect


127,000 GSF


LEED v3 BD+C Gold (64 Points)



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WINNER - Whitman-Walker Health Center

Select Notable Application Excerpts
  • "Whitman-Walker Health’s mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving Washington’s diverse urban community, with a special expertise in the LGBT community and HIV care."

  • "...A high-quality, healthy environment was critical to the center due to working with HIV-positive and autoimmune compromised patients."

  • The project includes a 25,000 SF out-patient clinic, inclusive of medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Other support services include a retail pharmacy, physical therapy suite, travel medicine clinic,
    research lab, and administrative office suite, complete with a multi-purpose conference center/ education room and employee café."

  • "...A total wastewater reduction of 35.53% per EPA 1992 Guidelines with 2005 Amendments."

  • "Connected lighting power density is 25% below lighting power allowance according to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007" and "meets the AIA’s 2030 Challenge for overall lighting power reduction".

  • "All materials used on the project were reviewed against the Perkins+Will Precautionary List to minimize the use of substances of concern to human health in the building products specified."

Project Team

Perkins+Will - Architecture

Integral Group - MEP

Pat Kazinski - Lighting Consultant

James G. Davis Construction Corporation - General Contractor


42,000 GSF


LEED v2 ID+C Gold (69 Points)




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Neighborhood Development


No Award Made in 2016



No Award Made in 2016

Existing Building


WINNER - World Wildlife Fund Recertification

Select Notable Application Excerpts
  • 98,083 kWh in projected annual energy savings, and an Energy Star Score of 86 (as of June 2016).  An electronic dashboard system in the lobby displays both energy (including separate monitoring of building system and plug loads) and water performance.

  • The building diverts over 70% of its waste from the landfill each month, and diverted 99.96% of electronic and furniture waste from the landfill during the performance period.  The building composting program, utilized by the two largest tenants, further reduces waste and additionally is a program which supports the community through its use of a veteran-owned local company.

  • The green roof, at the time "in the top 10 percent by size of green roofs in Washington, DC", features xeriscaping and retains 50% of site stormwater.

  • A 76% reduction in conventional SOV commuting is achieved through a combination of options, including a shuttle to the metro system, bike parking (including a Capital Bikeshare station), and electric vehicle charting stations.  Flexible work arrangements further expand the options for reducing transit footprints.

Project Team

World Wildlife Fund - Property Owner, Primary Tenant

Cushman & Wakefield - LEED Consultant and Project Manager
Cushman & Wakefield - Property Manager and Property Engineer


43,878 GSF


LEED v2 EBOM Platinum (83 Points)



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Notable Green


WINNER - white(out)house

Select Notable Application Excerpts
  • "White(out)house was conceived as a demonstration of certain unconventional strategies and construction methodologies in order to validate their market viability."

  • "...The house’s small footprint ensured that old growth trees on the property could be preserved, and were protected through selective root pruning and limb pruning by a certified arborist, as well as installation of ASLA specified protective barriers."

  • "Energy performance...was evaluated by PEG, LLC of Fairfax, VA, who conducted duct pressure testing and a blower door test for air infiltration. Testing indicated an infiltration rate of 1.87 air changes per hour under 50 pascals of pressure, significantly below conventional construction...White(out)house received a “5 Stars Plus” Energy Star rating and scored 50 on the HERS Index."

  • "The existing structure was partially dismantled and some materials salvaged for reuse elsewhere. The new structure was assembled of factory‐made insulated panel (SIP) walls and roof to reduce on‐site waste."

  • "...Drywall partitions are replaced with repositionable cabinets wherever it's practical, for ease of disassembly and reuse in the future."

  • "Most of the energy for heating and cooling comes from a geothermal exchange system, drawing energy from the earth in a balanced, carbon‐free cycle. Energy demand has been further reduced by decoupling the ventilation requirements from the heating and cooling requirements. Efficient hydronic radiant surfaces, primarily radiant ceilings, are used for thermal control. Primary ventilation and exhaust is handled through a dedicated outdoor air
    system (DOAS) with energy recovery (ERV)."

  • "Ground floor windows open low to the ground and generally face the prevailing summer breezes. Upper floor windows are typically casements, and open leeward of prevailing winter wind. An operable skylight over the stair continuously exhausts warm air as it rises, drawing in cooler air at ground level, taking advantage of both heat‐induced stack effect and wind‐induced pressure effects. Large expanses of south‐facing glazing are protected from summer heat gain by a deep roof overhang and thick tree canopy. During the winter, sunlight reaches deep into the interior and warms ceramic tile floor borders."

Project Team

Brian J. Donnelly AIA - Architect and Homeowner
John Linam Jr. - John Linam Jr. Architect + Associates, PLLC, Architect
Matt Kulp - Galaxy Homes Project Manager
Nicole Tysvaer - Galaxy Homes  Production Assistant


2,100 GSF


Arlington Green Home Choice Gold



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