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2020 PROJECT Award Winners

In 2020, 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 May 16, 2019 and April 15, 2020.

New Construction

Applied to projects certified under the USGBC’s LEED for Building Design and Construction rating system, including New Construction, Core & Shell,

Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, Mixed Use, and Healthcare.

Awards were not given in all categories.  This is done when there were no 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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New Construction


WINNER - AstraZeneca Discovery Meadows Child Development Center


Discovery Meadows is a two-story, 23,500-square-foot child development center designed to accommodate 180 children, from infancy to six years of age. The facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, also provides after-school program facilities for 40 school-age children of the 4,000 employees based at this biopharmaceutical research and development campus. Play spaces surround the building footprint, providing age-appropriate play areas for each group of students. This facility was designed as a curving linear building facing north and south on the long sides, supported by extensive resilient features, starting with geothermally driven radiant floor slabs.

The center is built with an upper and lower level, with the lower level providing three 30-student preschool rooms opening onto the lower level outside play areas. Each classroom throughout the facility provides student restrooms. The staff lounge, a warming kitchen, the after-school care area, a small library, mechanical and electrical rooms and office space are also provided on this level.


23,500 GSF


LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009 Platinum (81 Points)


162 children, 50 full-time employees

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Project Team

AstraZeneca – Owner
DPR Construction - General Contractor

StudioMLA Architects – Architect
Macris, Hendricks, & Glascock, P.A. – Civil Engineer
Structura – Structural Engineer
Reese Engineering – MEP Engineer
Shapiro & Duncan – Mechanical & Plumbing Contractor

7group – Sustainability Consultant

HOK – Sustainability Consultant


WINNER - Capitol Crossing - 200 Massachusetts Avenue

Project Team

Property Group Partners – Developer
GreenShape, LLC - Sustainability Consultant

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates – Architect
Dewberry – MEP Engineers
Balfour Beatty – Contractor
Lee & Associates – Landscape Architects
Wiles Mensch Corporation – Civil Engineer

SBLD Studio – Lighting Design


441,427 GSF


LEED BD+C: Core and Shell v3 - LEED 2009 Platinum (85 Points)



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200 Massachusetts Avenue is the first of five buildings within the Capitol Crossing development in Washington, D.C., to finish construction and achieve LEED Platinum certification. The 12-story building clad in a glittering steel and glass façade presents itself as an imposing landmark in this "new" neighborhood, built atop a street-level platform partly constructed over the depressed portion of U.S. I-395, and partly over the "Underbuild" that houses parking, the concourse, and much of the equipment and infrastructure for the entire development.

Capitol Crossing reintegrates existing land that was suitable only for vehicular access and transforms it into a sustainable, walkable, mixed-use community that will restore the urban fabric of the area as originally intended in the L’Enfant Plan. The high-efficiency building envelope, advanced energy recovery devices, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, extensive waste water reuse systems, indoor air quality controls and an expansive green roof all take the project beyond LEED. 



WINNER - Bancroft Elementary School

Project Team

Ayers Saint Gross - Architect
JBP Engineering - MEP Engineer
SK&A - Structural Engineer
Wiles Mensch- Civil Engineer
Lee and Associates - Landscape Architect

PRESERV/scapes- Historic Preservation

ECS Capitol Services - Geotechnical Engineer

Polysonics- AV/IT/Acoustical Engineer
FDS Design Studio- Food Service
TCT - Cost Consultant

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger- Waterproofing

CORE Engineers Consultant- Code Review

Heller & Metzger- Specifications

Coakley & Williams Construction - General Contractor


132,447 GSF


LEED BD+C: Schools v3 - LEED 2009 Gold (60 Points)



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Located in the District of Columbia’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, the historic LEED Gold Bancroft Elementary School was renovated and expanded to accommodate 550 students. The project nestles into its steeply sloping site, celebrates the character and quality of the existing historic building, and connects students to nature with its relationship to Piney Branch Park. Primary circulation organizes learning spaces including the cafeteria, media center and outdoor classrooms as destinations along its path. Two new academic wings complement the scale and Renaissance Revival style of the adjoining neighborhood while providing daylit learning spaces and outdoor classrooms for environment-focused learning. 



WINNER - Studio 3807 Apartments


Studio 3807 is a mixed-use development in the Brentwood neighborhood of Prince George’s County.  This LEED Gold project includes 132 multi-family apartments, 15 town-home style apartments units that surround a 192-space parking garage, 5 artist studios known as the Portico Gallery, and a 6,300 sf. retail bay “Savor at 3807” which is home to a variety of pop-up food vendors, bar, and an event kitchen functioning as a communal food hall. along Rhode Island Avenue. Additional amenities include a fitness center, exterior elevated courtyard, entertainment kitchen, E-Lounge, club room, game area and dog wash!

The basic design philosophy was to create a mixed-use residential building community that meets New Urbanism principles and provides an exciting building that is contextual and a symbol of Brentwood’s resurgence. Together, with The Artisan across the street, also designed by Grimm + Parker, the new area, to be known as “Artists Row,” forms the center of the Gateway Arts District.

Project Team

Landex Development - Owner

Grimm + Parker Architects - Architect

Hamel Builders - General Contractor

MaGrann Associates - Sustainability Coordinator

Century Engineering - MEP Engineer

SK&A Structural Engineers - Structural Engineer

Soltsesz - Civil Engineering

LSG Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architect


256,099 GSF


LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise v3 - LEED

2008 Gold (79 Points)



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