BBG-BBGM project wins sustainable design award
BBG-BBGM designed the new Pentagon Library and Conference Center to not only meet the needs of the Department of Defense staff working within the facility but to satisfy rigorous environmental and energy efficiency standards as well. The DC-based firm’s design was honored recently with one of the 2007 White House Closing the Circle Awards. These annual awards recognize efforts by federal employees and agencies to enhance and preserve the environment.
Located under the existing River Terrace Parade Ground, the new conference center occupies the shell of what had previously been the Pentagon Officers Athletic Club. The new facility includes a large multi-purpose room seating 250 and fifteen smaller meeting rooms of varying sizes, as well as administrative offices and a permanent home for the Pentagon Library. A new entry pavilion, faced with limestone and bronze, was created specifically for the conference center.
There are a variety of environmentally sustainable elements within the design of the conference center: multiple finishes and materials containing high levels of post-consumer recycled materials (i.e. acoustical tile), certified recycled wood, ‘earth friendly’ materials (such as linoleum), and high efficiency energy and water fixtures; skylights that bring natural daylight deep into the subterranean facility; and more than 50% of building materials were sourced locally, reducing CO2 emitted during transit. In addition, demolished portions of the existing structure were re-used in the new construction, rather than being hauled away to a dump. Energy usage is over 20% less than a typical facility of this size and function.
The Pentagon Library and Conference Center has been submitted for a LEED “Gold” rating and will be the first Pentagon project to receive anything higher than the minimum LEED rating of “Certified.”