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Air Force/Navy Dining Facility Earns LEED® Gold Rating
April 6, 2011

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Fort Lee has earned its first gold rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.

The newly constructed Air Force/Navy Dining Facility along B Avenue garnered the award for its design features and functions that achieved high LEED scores for energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emission reductions, stewardship of resources and more.

The $6.7 million facility opened in June 2010 and features energy-efficient lighting, low-flow water and other energy-saving appliances within the facility. The contractor also worked throughout every stage of the design and construction process to recycle as much waste as possible and to use resources from distributors closer to Fort Lee to reduce the overall carbon footprint the project made on the environment.

While LEED silver certification is now the standard for all Army construction projects, contractors are recognizing the importance of achieving higher levels of environmental stewardship and accompanying LEED certification ratings, noted Mike Roach, Fort Lee’s resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“A gold LEED rating can’t happen without contractor involvement because we can’t set standards above silver,” Roach said. “In other words, it’s up to the contractor to go above and beyond. Fortunately, a lot of them are becoming more environmentally conscious – ‘going green’ is very important in construction. Most contractors are really getting on board with it.”

The contractor for the dining facility project, Leebcor Services LLC, is a service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small business based in Williamsburg. They provide a full range of construction services to the federal government, including design build, general construction, and utilities and site work.

While the Air Force/Navy Dining Facility project is the first on the installation to earn a gold rating, it shouldn’t be the only one as others – like the phase 2 advanced individual training barracks on the Ordnance Campus – show promise of earning similar awards, said Roach.

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