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MERCY RIDGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY BECOMES FIRST LEED® SILVER CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY IN US.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

MERCY RIDGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
AND
BECOMES THE FIRST LEED® SILVER CERTIFIED EXISTING RETIREMENT COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES

 

WHAT:

Mercy Ridge Retirement Community will celebrate its 10-year anniversary and will set the stage for green senior living announcing that it is one of the first established retirement communities in the United States to become LEED® Silver certified. Mercy Ridge, located in Timonium, Maryland, partnered with CQI Associates, LLC, a Columbia, Maryland-based energy and environmental management-consulting firm to complete the LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance™ certification. As a result, Mercy Ridge earned a LEED Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC).

On Monday, July 11, 2011 Mercy Ridge will be hosting an anniversary celebration on campus from 3-5PM and will be presented with the LEED Silver certification from the USGBC. Festivities will also include a champagne toast and music provided by the Bagpipers.

Located in one of Baltimore’s premier neighborhoods, Mercy Ridge combines the charm of the country with the convenience of an urban lifestyle. The community features a 32-acre campus with gorgeous private apartment residences where residents enjoy a wealth of first-class amenities and personalized services. This unparalleled retirement lifestyle is a joint venture of Mercy Health Services and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

WHERE:

Mercy Ridge Retirement Community
2525 Pot Spring Road in Timonium, Maryland

WHEN:

Monday, July 11, 2011
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WHO:

Speakers at the celebration will include, USGBC, Maryland Chapter; Sr. Helen Amos, Executive Chair of Mercy Health Systems; Thomas Mullen, President and CEO Mercy Health Systems; Monsignor Richard Woy, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Charles Foelber, Resident, past member Board of Directors, Mercy Ridge and George P. Oxx, Executive Director, Mercy Ridge

To RSVP and arrange interviews with speakers, please contact
Marnie Goldman at (410) 935-0442 or e-mail marnie@soarwithfirefly.com

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2001 K STREET NW IN WASHINGTON, DC ACHIEVES LEED® GOLD FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS CERTIFICATION

Friday, April 8th, 2011

2001 K Street

2001 K Street

 

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., a global commercial real estate brokerage and management firm, aligned with CQI Associates, LLC, a Columbia, Maryland-based energy and environmental management consulting firm, to complete the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold for Existing Buildings (EB) Certification of 2001 K Street, NW in Washington, DC.

Managed by Cushman & Wakefield, 2001 K Street, NW is a 356,820-square-foot, 12-story office building located on the northwest corner of 20th and K Streets – a few blocks from the White House and George Washington University. The building is in exceptional condition and includes a natural stone facade as part of its striking architectural design. A retail branch of Eagle Bank is located on the first floor, with floors two through eleven occupied by other world-class and globally-renowned businesses like the law offices of Clifford Chance LLP and the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. A lower level includes two mailrooms, a fitness center, and storage areas.  The facility staff began embracing green operations long before the actual LEED® certification process began. In 2008, the management team installed motion sensors for the garage lighting and later introduced a recycling program where tenants recycle mixed paper, plastics, bottles and cans.

Achieving LEED® Gold EB Certification

CQI Associates completed an initial energy assessment of the building in the summer of 2009, then provided a list of recommendations for improving energy efficiency and working toward the LEED® Gold EB Certification. CQI Associates worked closely with Cushman & Wakefield to implement the recommendations and complete the certification process.

The initial investment in the project’s green and sustainable technologies, strategies, and design resulted in an estimated savings of more than $51,000 in the first year.  With an ENERGY STAR rating of 79, 2001 K Street NW is 58 percent more energy efficient and annually saves $1.03 per square foot in energy costs when compared to the average U.S. office building.

According to Property Manager Timeeca Mitchell, “The tenants have really embraced working in a green environment. Most interior modifications are completed to meet LEED® standards, whether the tenant pursues certification or not. We are also thrilled with the response to the recycling program and have 100% participation from tenants on all floors. Everyone has really come together to be better global citizens and improve the efficiency of our working environment.”

Chief Engineer Don Bauman shared, “Every month when we receive the energy bill, we are excited to see the payback on our investment continue. At the current rate, we expect to reach a full payback in less than two years. It is very impressive, as with most significant projects in other areas of business, it may be hard to measure the return on investment. We are able to track our progress every month and it is truly amazing.”

 Reducing Costs and Consumption

Working toward greater water conservation, dual flush toilets were installed in all of the women’s restrooms and .5 gpf (low flow) urinals in the men’s restrooms, as well as low flow aerators on the restroom faucets, thus reducing the overall water usage by over 30%

Another important component to achieving greater energy efficiency was the HVAC system. As a part of the project implementation, variable frequency drives (VFDs) were installed on the Air Handling Units, cooling tower fans, and most recently on the condenser pump.  Beyond improvements to the HVAC system, occupancy sensors were added in the restrooms and office spaces. The purpose is as simple as the name: to save electricity when restrooms and offices are not in use. The building lighting also utilizes high efficiency low mercury T-8 fluorescent bulbs.

In addition to the physical upgrades, the building management team has taken great care to ensure that outside contractors performing facility alterations correctly follow green purchasing, waste management, and indoor air quality LEED® requirements in the execution of new projects. The management staff checks the building equipment two or three times a day and promptly responds to occupant concerns using a detailed work order system.

 “We were delighted to partner with Cushman & Wakefield on this LEED® Gold EB Certification project and help to further advance its global leadership and commitment to green design and operations in commercial real estate,” said CQI Associates Principal, Richard Anderson.

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EMBASSY OF FINLAND BECOMES FIRST DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO RECEIVE LEED® GOLD FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS CERTIFICATION

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC partnered with CQI Associates, LLC, a Columbia, Maryland-based energy and environmental management consulting firm, to become the first embassy in the country to complete the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold for Existing Buildings (EB) Certification.

Located across from the Vice President’s residence on Massachusetts Avenue, the embassy has been environmentally friendly since it was originally constructed by two Finnish architects, Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen. The harmonious incorporation of the modern, glass-and-copper building into the surrounding landscape of Normanstone Park was quite progressive for the mid-1990s.  The surrounding nature was left largely undisturbed as only three trees were cut on the property to make room for the building, and sunlight was used in innovative ways to decrease the need for electrical lighting. The building’s original design was one of the initial highlights that encouraged the embassy staff to apply for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR, which the embassy was awarded in September 2008, and subsequently the LEED® Gold EB Certification, awarded in January 2010.

Achieving the LEED® Gold EB Certification

CQI Associates completed an initial energy assessment of the building in the spring of 2009, then provided a list of recommendations for improving energy efficiency and working toward the LEED® Gold EB Certification. CQI Associates worked closely with the Embassy of Finland’s staff to implement the recommendations and complete the certification process.

“We are extremely proud to be the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve this recognition,” says Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu. “Retrofitting our embassy building demonstrates that we Finns strive to be active but energy-efficient members of our neighborhood and the greater D.C. community. It is also worth noting that by maintaining this demanding status, the Embassy of Finland is supporting a range of important initiatives by local US companies that offer green jobs for the growing green workforce. We hope that our adaptation of green principles and our commitment to the well-being of people and the environment will inspire other foreign missions to view their opportunities in this field.”

Reducing Costs and Consumption

A significant part of the process to further improve energy efficiency was the introduction of a free-cooling system that halved the use of electricity-powered cooling. This increased the working life of the mechanical cooling facility by more than half. Several overlapping features of the heating and cooling systems were eliminated. The heating management operating system was replaced with a more modern system to improve the regulation of the outside temperature’s effect on the building’s indoor environment. In addition, variable frequency drivers were installed on the pumps and cooling tower.

Furthermore, toilets and faucets were fitted with water saving devices, while rigorous policies were implemented to ensure sustainable practices: occupancy sensors were installed in offices, recycling became a major priority, and all procurement became subject to environmental considerations. Used furniture and other durable goods were donated to local schools and organizations. All cleaning supplies were replaced with environmentally sound products, and low-impact chemicals were introduced in site maintenance such as gardening. A stringent non-smoking policy was implemented, and garage space was re-designated to encourage staff to cycle to work or use hybrid vehicles.

With an ENERGY STAR rating of 78, the Embassy of Finland is 56 percent more energy efficient and annually saves $0.86 per square foot in energy costs when compared to the average U.S. office building.

“We were truly honored to be selected for this project by the Embassy of Finland, known for their great contributions and commitment to the environment,” said CQI Associates Principal, Richard Anderson. “Our teams worked together to achieve the first LEED® Gold EB Certification for an embassy in the United States. We believe this is just the beginning and hope to work with other diplomatic missions to further their commitments to improving the environment.”

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