Two Mixed-Use Projects in Mid-Atlantic Earn LEED Silver Certification — Aurora and The View
January 20, 2015

Photos: Aurora (left) and The View (right)

KBR Building Group continues to demonstrate its expertise in sustainable construction as two more projects have achieved LEED certification — The View at Liberty Center South and Aurora at North Bethesda Center. Both projects were recently completed by our Washington, D.C. office. KBR Building Group has now delivered 30 projects (with an aggregate value of more than $500 million) that are LEED certified at various levels.

The View at Liberty Center South | Arlington, Virginia — This $50.5 million mixed-use facility owned/developed by The Shooshan Company achieved LEED Silver certification in November 2014. The View integrates contemporary residential design with high-end retail. Sustainable features include an energy efficient HVAC system, use of regional building materials, and water use reduction technology for building operations. KBR Building Group sorted and recycled construction waste, diverting 90% from landfills. An adjacent park was also constructed. The View represents the third phase of the Liberty Center South planned development, conveniently located in the Ballston neighborhood near Washington’s metro transportation line.

Aurora at North Bethesda Center | North Bethesda, Maryland — This luxury, high-rise residential project achieved LEED Silver certification the following month, in December 2014. The 18-story, 311,000-square-foot Aurora features 341 units and two levels of below-grade parking. Over 14% of the materials used in the building are made from recycled content and 30% were harvested and manufactured regionally. The adhesives, paints and coatings used during construction contained little or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Low-flow and low-flush fixtures have resulted in an impressive 40% reduction in water usage. The building envelope, windows, ventilation system, and appliances have been designed/selected so that Aurora uses 15.7% less energy than a comparable non-sustainable facility. More than 35% of Aurora's annual electricity consumption is offset by renewable energy certificates. Over 38% of the site is open space, which is key for providing habitat for vegetation and wildlife in an urban environment. Aurora's location was chosen to allow easy access to public transportation. KBR Building Group's construction contract was with LCOR, a leading real estate development company.

Photos: Aurora (left) and The View (right)