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Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — January 30 - February 12, 2015 — 13B


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Firm also designs the state’s first LEED certified public school Voters approve $33.5m construction bond issue for BBS Architects-designed Renewal Project


ing, chemical and manufactur- ing sectors have seen substan- tial growth due to the ample supply of low cost natural gas making this region the key downstream market. The goal of the Greater Philadelphia En- ergy Action Team is to establish Philadelphia as the East Coast natural gas Hub in order to stimulate additional regional growth of manufacturing busi- nesses that can benefit from this resource. The full day program focused on the following: inside op- portunities with Marcellus Shale; Greater Philadelphia’s available resources, including a highly-skilled labor force, talent development programs and financing opportunities; its multimodal transportation “The construction program will significantly improve the condition of all buildings occupied by students and fac- ulty, renovate instructional spaces, promote energy ef- ficiency, improve motorized traffic safety within school grounds, and rebuild ath- letic fields and tennis courts,” said BBS principal architect 24 months exceeds $350 mil- lion. The firm also designed the state’s first LEED certified public school, Hampton Bays Middle School in Hampton Bays, N.Y., which received LEED Silver designation. “The Renewal Project is a comprehensive response to deteriorating conditions of the district’s buildings that have been documented in our state- mandated facilities report. Significant community input has helped us shape the final scope of upcoming renovations and reduce the cost of work,” said Steven Cohen, Ph.D., SWRCSD Superintendent of Schools. “All schools and grounds will undergo improve- ments, including additions of a multipurpose space at the Wading River School and a new kitchen at the Albert G. Prodell Middle School.”

HOREHAM, NY — An overwhelming majority of local voters ¬ 1,421

and logistics assets, including available real estate, pipeline, and port access; as well as energy growth opportunities in the City of Philadelphia, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, and the political commitment to expand energy and manufacturing industries throughout the region. Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. David Yergin, author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World gave a keynote address over lunch. Said to be “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications,” Yergin is the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and vice chairman of IHS. n Voters were asked to ap- prove a $48.5 million project scope. About $15 million of this work will be paid for with prior year State Aid funds, leaving the district to raise $33.5 million through a 15-year bond issue, which is eligible for up to 40% state aid. The district anticipates approximately $16 million in state aid to help defray the cost of this project to taxpay- ers. There will be no tax im- pact in this or the next school year, and a minimal cost through the 2016-17 year. In 2017-18, the project will cost an average homeowner less than $8 per month. In 2018-19 and beyond, the project will cost an average homeowner less than $30 per month. “Work will begin in the sum- mer of 2015, and is expected to be completed within the Roger Smith, AIA, LEED AP . “The district’s facilities have not received any major improvements since they were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The renovation program will bring these buildings to the twenty-first century’s stan- dards of design, safety, codes, efficiency, and educational facility planning.”

to 585 – ap- proved the Shoreham- W a d i n g River Cen- tral School D i s t r i c t ’ s (SWRCSD) $33.5 million construction

Roger Smith

Wading River Elementary School

bond issue for a $48.5 million infrastructure improvements and renovations program. Named the Renewal Project, the construction work will en- compass all four schools oper- ated by the district. SWRCSD serves grades K-12 with a current enrollment of more than 2,400 students. BBS Architects, landscape architects and engineers serves as the architect; interi- or designer; mechanical, elec- trical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer; civil engineer; and site and athletic field designer for the entire construction programfinanced by the bond. The value of voter-approved school construction bonds for programs designed by BBS on Long Island and in the Great- er New York area in the last PHILADELPHIA, PA – Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP (“MGKF”) , the envi- ronmental, energy and land use law and litigation firm based in Bala Cynwyd, PA, was part of the Host Committee for “Great- er Philadelphia: The Next Energy Hub” held Wednesday, December 5 at Drexel Univer- sity. The event was sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team which is supported by The CEO Council for Growth, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The programwas aimed at senior executives of entities with an interest in the development of the Philadel- phia area and the availability of low cost natural gas. Greater Philadelphia’s refin-

following five years,” said BBS project manager Michael In- serra, AIA . Construction will take place at the district’s four schools located in Shoreham, a village in the town of Brookhaven, NY

and in Riverhead, NY. These include Shoreham-Wading River High School, Albert G. Prodell Middle School, Miller Avenue Elementary School, andWading River Elementary School. n

International Parking Institute and Green Parking Council collaborate with GBCI

a range of related fields, includ- ing parking, architecture, engi- neering, technology, property management, and academia. It assesses 50 elements of parking facility sustainability, including management practices that maximize performance while minimizing waste; programs encouraging alternatemodes of transportation and community engagement; and efficient and sustainable technology and structure design. “This is a game-changer,” explained John Schmid, chair- man of the GPC, an affiliate of IPI. “Collaborating with the GBCI will result in amultiplier effect, dramatically increas- ing awareness of sustainable parking design, operations, and management. This is an epic moment for parking and a giant leap forward toward a more environmentally and eco- nomically sustainable garage of the future.” “With GPC’s Green Garage Certification standards, IPI’s established focus on education related to sustainability, and GBCI’s distribution channels all working in sync, we’re en- thusiastic that we can main- stream sustainable parking,” said Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI’s executive director. n

WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facili- ties and practices to the de- velopment of sustainable com- munities, the Green Build- ing Certification Institute (GBCI) , the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council ’s global LEED green building rating system, signed a memorandumof understanding (MOU) with the International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest parking associa- tion, and the Green Parking Council (GPC) . “Sustainability in parking is integral to building a greener future, not only structurally, but also by shaping transpor- tation networks that support more livable, walkable commu- nities,” said MaheshRamanu- jam , president, GBCI. “This agreement will also expand the GBCI’s portfolio and mission to recognize excellence in green performance and practice.” The three organizations will work in a strategic partnership for the delivery and promotion of the GPC’s recently launched GreenGarage Certification pro- gram, whichapplies to bothnew and existing parking structures. Green Garage Certification was developed by experts from

MGKF supports “Greater Philadelphia: The Next Energy Hub” at Drexel University

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