LEED BD+C: New Construction v2 - LEED 2.1
Moseley Architects New Office
LEED Platinum 2009
This combination of historic preservation requirements and LEED objectives produced several synergies but also challenges, especially in terms of energy efficiency and daylight harvesting.
Moseley Architects’ new headquarters in Richmond, Virginia is a two-story office space of 47,300 square feet housing up to 160 architects, engineers and support staff. Centered on a 2.37 acre city block in Richmond’s downtown industrial district, the facility is a renovation of a historic structure originally built in 1930. Having served its useful life as a construction yard and warehouse for Baker Equipment (manufacturers of crane attachments for bucket trucks and “cherry pickers”), the building has been carefully transformed through a design process that embraced its historic nature – while incorporating new technologies and materials that allow it to become an example of environmental responsibility for staff and visitors alike.
In June of 2000, Moseley Architects’ Board of Directors developed and adopted an Environmental Mission Statement designed to guide all future work: “In our efforts to be responsible stewards of our Earth, Moseley Architects is committed to helping our clients make responsible decisions about the potential environmental impacts of design choices.”
Attention to sustainable design features has been a paramount goal for projects ever since. As of 2013, the firm had built a portfolio of over 100 projects that are LEED certified or are pursuing LEED.
In early 2002 the decision was made to relocate to a new office space that would provide much needed room for continued growth – and one whose design and very location would befit an architecture and engineering firm committed to sustainability. Such a space was found in the “Scott’s Addition” neighborhood.
Designated as a Special Enterprise Zone by the City of Richmond, it was the hope of Moseley Architects’ Board of Directors that relocating to this neighborhood would both place the office in a more central location for its workers, as well as spur future investment in the area.
Additionally, given that the building itself was constructed in a “period of significance” as defined by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Board decided to pursue Historic Preservation tax credits through the thoughtful preservation of its industrial character.
At the same time, however, it was clear from the outset of the project that this building should become a centerpiece for Moseley’s portfolio of LEED projects – especially given the fact that this facility would be occupied by the very designers who have created such buildings for our many clients. This combination of historic preservation requirements and LEED objectives produced several synergies but also challenges, especially in terms of energy efficiency and daylight harvesting. The resulting building is therefore a reflection of the strategies its designers have developed for pursuing both sets of goals – providing a unique and productive place to work for its occupants, and an educational experience for its visitors.