27 Feb
Local Construction and Design Team Builds Navy’s First East Coast LEED Platinum Project
Posted by Super User
Virginia Beach, Virginia, September 23, 2013 – The joint venture team of MEB General Contractors and Noah Enterprises, along with RRMM Architects has completed the design and construction of the Navy’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum project east of the Mississippi River. LEED Platinum is the highest level of certification offered though the rating system as designed by the US Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. The design-build project (P851) was constructed for the United States Navy Seabees at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story. As the Naval Construction Force, the Seabees were established following the attacks at Pearl Harbor to fill a critical need for builders who could also defend the Country. The new building is named in honor of Lieutenant Carl Milford Olson and the lobby also serves as an historical and educational installation, displaying a wide variety of items and photographs that commemorate Seabee accomplishments throughout the world.

As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED certified design and construction practices utilize strategies aimed at achieving high performance in the key areas of human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality. The project’s sustainable features incorporate a geothermal HVAC system, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, recycling programs, photovoltaic lighting, permeable pavers, and a wide variety of other environmentally focused building performance enhancements. Mark Olmstead, senior vice president of MEB describes the recognition as a benchmark in the company’s 31 year history, “MEB enjoys building complex projects and this LEED Platinum certification represents our commitment to achievement at the highest level.” Carol Curtis, president and founder of Noah Enterprises stated, “This project redefined the way we think about our workspaces. The stakeholders experienced immediate and measurable performance results from an environmental and financial perspective. And I am especially proud that this is the first LEED Platinum certification associated with a Virginia woman-owned construction company.”