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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

VCU West Grace Street Housing - South

835 W Grace St
Richmond, VA 23220
United States
Last certified on: May 22, 2013
Certification level: Silver

The VCU West Grace Housing is a model in the Richmond community of what can be accomplished with careful planning and cooperation from all divisions of the building disciplines, and promotes smart growth and development on the VCU campus. Construction was complete in July 2012, and the project achieved LEED-NC Silver-level certification in May 2013.

The West Grace Housing project is located on a reclaimed area of the campus previously used as a surface parking lot. Due to the urban location of the project, occupants have access to public transportation and are within ½ mile of over 10 basic services and residential areas. The building's layout includes 112 dwelling units and 459 beds in a mix of 4-bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom double-occupancy apartments, and single-occupancy efficiencies, as well as 6,275 sf on the ground floor for student common areas, student housing offices, and service utility spaces.
Low flow water closets, low flow urinals, and low flow lavatories result in a water savings of more than 30%. Water efficient landscaping is achieved through the use of native, drought-tolerant plantings. The landscaping is irrigated by rainwater collected from the roof and stored in a 20,000 gallon cistern.
The building and associated systems were designed to meet the performance requirements of ASHRAE 90.1 2007 and achieve at least a 12% energy cost savings. These savings are accomplished through a well-insulated envelope with high performance glazing, LED lighting, efficient high SEER HVAC units, and a rooftop solar thermal system designed to provide 30% of the domestic hot water. Commissioning will ensure the building is constructed and operated as it is designed, and the use of no CFC, low-ozone-depleting and low-global-warming potential refrigerant maintains the project's commitment to sustainability.
The project used recycled and regionally extracted materials. As a commitment to occupant health, low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants, and sealers were specified within the building's envelope. During construction, the Contractor implemented a construction waste management plan to divert over 75% of construction waste from the landfills. The contractor also implemented an Indoor Air Quality Plan to minimize air quality problems and to protect the well-being of the construction workers and future building occupants.

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Project details
164,501 sf
Higher Education
22 May 2013
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