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In a 2012 Hanley Wood LLC survey of 500 architects, more than 99 percent agreed that people perform better in buildings that have natural light — but 93 percent also agreed controlling sunlight is a major challenge when designing glass for buildings. NICHOLAS GRINER | STAFF


Nate Robb of Merritt Properties LLC said his company is ready to tackle updated LEED standards.

Change in LEED-ership

Percentage of chief executives who said their companies would be very likely to invest in improved indoor environmental quality, in a November 2012 Turner Construction survey of 718 executives.


‘The development and architecture community by and large would like to see no changes made.’


he U.S. Green Building Council’s imminent vote to amend its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards is drawing mixed reactions from architects, builders and developers. Some welcome the new LEED v4 standards, as they’re known, as improvements upon the 2009-approved LEED v3. But other industry executives fear the proposed changes will be too costly for the struggling construction industry. Nate Robb, a project manager at Merritt Properties LLC, said the Baltimorebased development firm has embraced LEED techniques and is ready to take the next step. For instance, Merritt earned LEED’s highest honor, Platinum certification, for its Schilling Green II office building in Hunt Valley. Merritt achieved the

Explore the U.S. Green Building Council’s new website, GBIG (the Green Building Information Gateway), to find details on green activities, cities, countries, strategies and even comparisons of specific LEEDcertified buildings.


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Lee Coplan, CEO Arena, Union Towson Univ.eTiger devel., Sinai Hospital Wharf mixed-us Injury Inpatient Center education, health care, mixed-us e Traumatic Brain president multifamily, James HCC Health (jwheeler@asg-ar UB Law School, Travel Plazas, Frostburg academic Sciences, Md.Interdisciplinary Science student housing, schools, z, president CCIT, UDEL Dennis Jankiewicigncollective. buildings, nursing centers icz@des Kettler, Harbor museums, visitors (djankiew Corp., com) Howard Hughes Magellan Health Gross 21230 Ayers Saint University East Devel. Group, architecture, planning, Suite 100, Baltimore ure, , Johns Hopkins architect 53/ e 1040 Hull St., / Systems president landscap design Francis X. Watkins, 65/ 410-347-8500 , Bayside masterat interiors, graphic $13.9 million/ (fwatkins@bigwah 70 Square Village at Leesburg ve Inc. $15.4 million 21202 Wholesale, Market e, office, Design Collecti s Burlington Suite 300, Baltimore retail, mixed-usve, interiors, plan, BJ’s 20/ Fredrick, Wegman 601 E. Pratt St., / , chairman, religious, automoti Ahsin Rasheed 52/ 410-685-6655 million/ at Brookfield, CEO institutional, planning and t $12.89 PC Corners ts III, presiden 52 Pondok Indah Hasser Architec $12.89 million Commercial, Mall 21401 Bignell Watkins Clearwater Bay 250, Annapolis e, planning, Fontanar, iPic Theatres retail, mixed-us 50/ 1 Park Place, Suite www.big / interiors , president graphics 79/ 410-224-2727 Alan E. Reed, at CCBC, Port $9.61 million/ Group Inc.) 79 STEM Building Center, Dundalk$9.61 million pment Design l Welcome School complex visitor and DDG (Develo ll St., Baltimore 21224 Canavera facilities, K-12 higher u, 46/ 3700 O’Donne / Sollers Point High interpretive centers, William A. L.t, Gaudrea 46/ 410-962-0505 education facilities + Technology, $9.6 million/ presiden principal 46 Wexford Science ts $9.6 million 21211 Co., Anne Arundel GWWO Architec gy, McCormick &Public Schools Drive, #300, Baltimore County science and technolo 20/ 800 Wyman Park/ , athletics III, president 40/ 410-332-1009 education, corporate $8.8 million/ Linton S. Marshall Health System, 40 $8.8 million Sheppard Pratt planning, System, P&G Gaudreau Inc. Baltimore 21230 architecture, master University of Maryland equipment 15/ 810 Light St., / and David interior design, Hall, Joseph Makar 34/ 410-837-5040 planning $8.7 million/ ick, partners se, Historic Upton of McCorm Inc. Courthou 34 tes House million Powell Associa 21212 $8.7 Library, Lowe n, Marshall Craft Gaithersburg Delegate s Baltimore higher educatio 14/ 6112 York Road,/ government,works, military ts1 public 419/ 410-532-3131 five vice presiden $8.51 million/ LLP Hospital, M+R 634 t & Associates $101.86 million Lowell Generals, the Place planning, urban Whitman, Requard Strategie St., Baltimore 21231 architecture,environm ental 11/ 801 S. Caroline / James Camp, design, branding ics, 120/ 410-235-3450 managing director $8.02 million/ Quest Diagnost graphics, strategic , 992 T. Rowe Price, Hotel Baltimore (jim_camp@gensl tes Inc. $201.93 million financial/ RTKL Associa JHU/EBDI, Gateway Baltimore 21231 commercial office, COPT, PNC, Miramar t service firms, y 15/ 901 S. Bond St.,/ professionalareas, Turner, presiden ) A. hospitalit Bryce Row, 37/ 410-537-6000 , Pentagon $6.59 million/ retail, secure (brycet@bctarchit 3,502 Canton Crossing $751.36 million m, Baltimore Casino, e, 21202 Gensler Center Point at Arboretu 202, Baltimore mixed-use, workplac retail, Owings Mills Town 2 25/ 1 E. Pratt St., Suite / multifamily housing, principals SEED 31/ 410-539-8776 education three managing $5.82 million/ 520 Park Ave.,Catholic 33 Md., Chase Brexton, $6.01 million Turner 21201 Ohio, Y of Centralll Heights Brown Craig St., 18th Fl., Baltimore planning, interior School Diane E. Cho Charities, O’Donne 24/ architecture,sustainab 100 N. Charles / le design David W. Benn,N. Holback, and 30/ 410-837-2727 design Center, million/ George 3 and Studio $5.48 30 MICA Graduate National Postal principals Architects Baltimore 21230 $5.48 million Marks Thomas Everyman Theatre, , 2nd Floor, planning, interior Museum 23/ architecture,design 1414 Key Highway president / www.marks-thom Auto Scot D. Loiselle, 23/ 410-539-4300 m) $4.17 million/ Center, Advance ( 23 Associates Inc. illion de Lake Village in Donuts,

Name Address Phone / website Macht Inc. 21202 Hord Coplan #1100, Baltimore 750 E. Pratt St., / 410-837-7311

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Platinum mark, in part, by reducing cold bridges — or cold outdoor air transmissions that come indoors through steel window frames — to maximize insulation at lower heating costs. The USGBC boasts such techniques have become much more common since it launched the LEED program in 1998. The four th iteration, which USGBC hopes to approve next year, includes the loftiest goals yet. “The USGBC ... [wants] to make all buildings zero-carbon by 2030,” Robb said. “We could be there with another push.” But Peter Doo, the co-founder of Doo Consulting LLC, said the recession — which hit the building industry particularly hard — has made some executives wary of spending more money to meet beefed-up LEED standards. “The development and architecture community by and large would like to see no changes made,” said Doo, who also was the founding president of USGBC Maryland. His company has offices in Baltimore and Bethesda. “There are a lot of companies [that] are just getting their feet under the last version of LEED, [which] are saying,

U.S. Green Building Council plans new certification standards

– Peter Doo, co-founder, Doo Consulting LLC


now that everything’s running smoothly, why does USGBC want to come in and upset all of this?” LEED already draws the ire of some construction executives who complain it’s more of a marketing tool than a program that fosters green building. Megan Elcrat, a Baltimore architect and owner of 33:Design LLC, said the LEED certification process just increases the cost of projects. “Developers want to do it for marketing reasons, to show it’s a LEED-certified building,” Elcrat said. “It costs a lot of money to ask USGBC to certify your building, a lot of paperwork to fill out. That’s a strenuous process that doesn’t improve your building.” Proponents of LEED v4 say the proposed changes would prompt developers to construct better buildings. LEED v4 would overhaul two certification credit categories: site and location credits — including brownfield cleanup, wetlands conservation and public transit access — and material credits. Although Doo agreed those changes would be beneficial, he also said they


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Name Address Phone / website Whitman, Requard t & Associates 801 S. Caroline 410-235-3450 St., Baltimore 21231 LLP / Rummel, & Kahl LLP 81 MosherKlepper St., Baltimore 410-728-2900 21217 / Johnson, n & Thompson 72 LovetonMirmira Circle, Sparks 410-329-3100 21152 / KCI Technol Inc. 936 Ridgebroogies ok Road, Sparks 410-316-7800 / 21152

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Sample of primary services Sample of projects in design Top local executiv civil engineering, e, title architecture, constr. mgmt., environm (email) Ballenger McKinne planners, structuraental scientists, Wastewa y ENR l, mechanical ter Treatment Plant $70 million/ sion, Purple Line, expanJoseph Makar 102/ planning, engineer $119 million Historic Upton and David McCorm Hall 225 environmental, ing design, ick, partners Patapsco WWTP construction management, ENR, National Museum for African inspection services $67.9 million/ American History, Red Line, Purple 107/ transportation, $110.6 million six partners1 Line buildings/facilities water/wastewater, 220 , 11th St. Bridge, CM/CI, environmental, GIS/IT management, KirkBWI RSA program $59.07 million/ ity, City of Balt. Bus Division faciltransportation, 69/ sewershed designs $117 million John A. Moeller, AECOM civil/site, structural president M/E, environmental, 123 7 St. Paul St., Inter County Broadba constr. mgmt.,, surveying, telecom/u nd Network, 410-637-1700Baltimore 21202 Nursery Road tility engineering Terry F. Neimeye bridge, Back River / $59 million/ WWTP enhance r, CEO and architecture, building dtd/ chairman (terry.neim d nutrient removal $8 billion URS Corp. engineering, construction svcs., dtd 4 N. Park Drive, eyer@ North Metro design/planning, environmental, 410-785-7220 Suite 300, Hunt Valley Chicago traffic Rail Line, Denver; program mgmt. $51.12 million/ / 21030 Christopher S. San Francisco engineering studies; Fronheiser, engineering, environm 87/ Unified School associate dtd Arcadis VP (christopher. District ental, cture, program/ dtd fronheiser@aecom 9861 Broken Land construction aviation, planning mgmt., Parkway, Columbia 410-381-1990 and inspection $34.25 million/ 21046 dtd / www.arcadis-us.c Michael C. Isola, om 15/ $1.3 billion president, office vice water, environm EA Enginee manager 1,071 ent, infrastructure, (michael.isola@ur Science & Technol 225 Schilling ring PM/CM Circle, Hunt Valley ogy 410-584-7000 $28.51 million/ dtd / www.eaest.com21031 W. Stanley Emory environmental 29/ $95.3 million Gannett Fleming Jr., operations director 49 dial design, engineering, remeInc. 7133 Rutherfor Harford County landfill design,solid waste mgmt., Landfill, MdTA 443-348-2017d Rd., #300, Windsor Mill removal/replacem water/wastewater tank Ian / $23 million/ 21244 D. ent, MacFarla Fort Belvoir regional stormwa ne, president study, design, construc 40/ $294 million and CEO (imacfarla ter facility Century Enginee tion-phas 350 engineering for ne@ 10710 Gilroy Road,ring Inc. transportation, e Towson Reservoir covers, water resource Hunt Valley 21031 443-589-2400 Purple Line, Catonsville Pumping , facility infrastruc $22.96 million/ W. Arthur Barrett, / www.centuryeng.c ture Station, North Avenue rehabilita senior VP civil, structural, om 55/ $40.12 million and regional director tion RMF Enginee MEP, geotechn planning, (wbar109 ical, highway, bridge, 5520 Researchring Inc. African penquin environmental/water resource 410-576-0505 Park Drive, Baltimore 21228 LED roadway exhibit at Md. Zoo, s, traffic $21.55 million/ / pilot project, Kelly Branch lighting Francis X. Smyth, mechanical, electrical 38/ $34.06 million stream restoratio CEO STV Inc. (fsmyth@centurye n , plumbing, 64 fire protection, 7125 Ambassa energy, health care, structural engineercivil and 410-944-9112 dor Rd., #200, Baltimore ing education and laboratory, higher/ 21244 $21.37 million/ Duane S. Pinnix, government projects architecture, engineer 30/ $246.41 million president and TAI CEO 434 surveying, GIS, ing, planning, ( 11155 Dolfield energy and ) construction managem 410-356-3108 Blvd., #210, Owings Mills ent dtd / www.taiengineerin 21117 $17.9 million/ Anthony 31/ process, mechanic J. Corteal, $24.9 million Greenman-Pede senior vice presidenJr., structural, automati al, electrical, 33 10977 Guilford rsen Inc. t distilled spirit productio on & controls, telecom 410-880-3055 Road, Annapolis Jctn. 20701 n expansio facility n, natural gas processi $15.85 million/ James J. Angelo, / ng president 10/ municipal engineer facility $179.9 million (jangelo@taiengine Wallace, Montgo ing, CM/CI, survey/photogramm ering. 181 I-95 Section 100 110 West Road, mery & Associates com) etry, LLP Express Toll Lanes, Suite 300, Towson architecture landscape Looper Park, Jones 410-494-9093 21204 Daniel J. Maletic, / wallacemontgome $14 million/ Falls Trail Phase IV, MSHA coatings senior highway, 33/ vice presiden $14 structural, construc million inspection t (dmaletic@gpinet. Whitney, Bailey, 33 mgmt, traffic, transit, tion Cox & I-95/Contee design 849 Fairmount com) planning, i LLC Ave., Suite Magnan utilities, water resource 410-512-4500 Purple Line, SHA build, Red Line, 10, Baltimore 21286 s $13.65 million/ / on-call highway Antonio design, SHA on-call 42/ site, structural, $17.79 million Stuart B. TaubA. Mawry, James Pos H&H highway, and Fr t $72.7 million/ $101.86 million

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Largest LEED Gold-certified buildings in Greater Baltimore




750 E. Pratt St. Location: Baltimore City Owner: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Square Feet: 366,842 Use: Office Date Certified: August 2011 Largest Tenant: Venable LLP Special Features: Energy efficiency, tenant sustainable practices program, recycling, high-efficiency water fixtures, irrigation system


Defense Information Systems Agency Location: 6910 Cooper Ave., Fort Meade Owner: U.S. General Services Administration Square Feet: 1.07 million Use: Office, military, retail Date Certified: October 2011 Largest Tenant: DISA Special Features: Water efficiency, energy efficiency, sustainable site development, reclaimed materials, high indoor air quality


Legg Mason Headquarters Location: 100 International Drive, Baltimore City Owner: H&S Properties Development Corp. Square Feet: 350,000 Use: Office Date Certified: October 2010 Largest Tenant: Legg Mason Inc. Special Features: Open floor layouts, natural light, low-flow water fixtures that reduce water usage by 20 percent, recycled building materials

5 201 N. Charles St. Location: Baltimore City Owner: Lexington Charles LP Square Feet: 326,768 Use: Office Date Certified: August 2010 Largest Tenant: Bennett and Albright PA Special Features: Energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC, high-efficiency water fixtures, dual-flush toilets, recycling



Frito Lay Aberdeen Location: 800 Hickory Circle, Aberdeen Owner: Frito-Lay North America Inc. Square Feet: 343,700 Use: Industrial Date Certified: November 2011 Largest Tenant: Frito-Lay Inc. Special Features: Significantly reduced electricity, low natural gas and water usage


would demand the use of more expensive materials. Under the proposed changes, developers would lose points for using harmful products with few alternatives. “The material credits are the ones people are scrutinizing a lot because they’re asking manufacturers to declare what toxic chemicals are in their products, if any,” Doo said. “Chemical and manufacturing industries have built business around those materials — not that they don’t want to change, but there may not be an easy replacement for them.” New LEED standards also would create a scenario in which completed buildings maintain a status they would not qualify for under LEED v4. “What’s LEED Gold now, under v4 it’ll only be Silver,” Doo said. “For the general public, a LEED Silver building is LEED Silver, period, and they don’t pay attention to whether it’s 2009 or 2012. It’s a branding issue from the development side — less a concern about not being able to do it than about confusing the public.” Because of these reservations, the USGBC delayed a vote and sent LEED v4 to a fifth public comment period, which expired Dec. 10. The USGBC had planned for LEED v4 to take effect in November, but a vote won’t happen until at least June 2013. In addition to concerns over the costs and changing definitions of LEED standards, some industry officials also complain that LEED v4 fails to take into account varying climates across the United States. “We don’t have 150-degree temperatures here,” said Chris Parts of Hord Coplan Macht Architects in Baltimore. “The way we build here to address the change in the weather from seasonal differences is a little different from how a building might address that in the Southwest.” Parts also would like LEED v4 to target building operation efficiency and occupant health — two issues his firm has focused on through installation of LEEDbacked low-wattage light fixtures at Sinai Hospital and its LEED Gold-eligible renovation of an 1896 school building into the Dayspring Square transitional housing community in Baltimore. The latter incorporated low-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, a reflective white roof to reduce summer heat and proximity to public transportation. Also guiding these projects was Maryland’s 2008 High Performance Buildings Act requiring new public construction and renovation projects greater than 7,500 square feet to meet some otherwise voluntary LEED standards. Because of that law, Maryland had fifthmost LEED-certified square footage per capita (11,970,869 square feet) in 2011. Robb, who also is the board chairman for the USGBC’s Maryland chapter, said developers like Merritt have demonstrated they can handle LEED standards. “We’re ready to adapt to v4,” he said, “because every project we work on focuses on an area to improve things in.”


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The LEED changes most likely to affect your project TODD LARSON | CONTRIBUTOR

The U.S. Green Building Council is working to pass a new set of standards for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Here are five proposed changes — part of an overhaul known as LEED v4 — that you should know about: • A stronger Sensitive Land Protection credit category. This has three purposes: to discourage the development of inappropriate sites such as farmland, floodplains, habitats of threatened species and wetlands; to make minor improvements to a project’s wetland and water body

buffers; and brownfield remediation. • A new Location & Transportation credit. This would reward developments that use existing infrastructure, encourage walkability, build near public transportation, incorporate bicycle facilities, reduce the parking footprint and encourage the use of green vehicles such as Zipcar, the car sharing service. • A revised and strengthened Materials & Resources credit category. This proposal was created to encourage manufacturers to disclose toxic chemicals in their products. Among the goals is to encourage the use of environmentally friendly products and materials.

• An enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality credit. This proposal calls for reduced wattage lighting and more user control over lighting in individual areas; increased natural lighting; minimum standards for indoor air quality; and good window views. • An amended Water Efficiency credit category. This proposal is meant to encourage reduced water consumption with features such as low-flush toilets and lowflow faucets and hoses. This would conserve water used in cooling towers and evaporative condensers in the building. It also would include comprehensive water metering in the building.