June 10, 2014 – Renovation work at UMB’s Bressler Research Building receives LEED Silver Certification. Completed in July 2013, the project involved a ten month, $3.8M renovation of the 21,000 SF 7th floor of the Bressler Research Building, a major research facility for the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Renovations provided efficient flexible research, office, and conference room space as well as modernized mechanical, electrical, fire protection and telecommunications distribution throughout the renovated areas.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a comprehensive and flexible green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies. The program provides third-party verification of green buildings through a system in which building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
The following list highlights some of the “green” practices featured in the renovation:
- Construction Waste Management: With 96% of waste recycled, the project received exemplary performance for going beyond 50% recycled waste.
- Recycled Content: 26% of the total building materials, by value, were manufactured using recycled materials.
- Regional Material: 21% of the total building materials, by value, are regional materials.
- Certified Wood: 92% of the cost of new wood materials was comprised of certified wood.
- IAQ Plan: An Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan was developed and implemented at the tenant space. The plan addresses IAQ during construction, and meets SMACNA IAQ Guidelines For Occupied Buildings Under Construction, 2nd Edition 2007. The plan includes control measures in at least the following areas: HVAC protection, source control, pathway interruption, housekeeping, and scheduling.
- Low VOC Emitting Materials: Lewis achieved LEED points for use of Low Emitting Materials. None of the adhesives/sealant products used on the interior of the building exceed the allowable VOC limit.
Lewis Contractors is continually building a healthier environment for the people of Baltimore to live, work and play. With 3 LEED-Accredited Professionals, 2 Green Associates, and significant body of work that has been certified—or is in the process of being certified—by the USGBC, the Lewis Team is equipped to help reduce a building’s environmental impact, while enhancing its long term affordability, quality, and efficiency.