Draper Aden: A Leader in LEED Certification

In February 2014, the US Green Building Council released their list of the Top 10 States for LEED® and ranked Virginia #3 with 160 projects certified in 2013. Draper Aden Associates is proud to be a part of the LEED® tradition in Virginia and, over the past few years, we have contributed engineering, environmental services, site planning, survey, and landscape design services to over forty certified projects in the Commonwealth.

LEED - main imgThis past month, two major projects have just been awarded, respectively, LEED® Gold and Silver certification—Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Learning Commons and Virginia State University’s Hunter McDaniel Hall. For the VCU Academic Learning Commons, Draper Aden teamed with BCWH Architects to provide site planning, environmental services, and engineering design including grading, drainage, utility design (for water, fire, and sewer), environmental impact reporting, and erosion and sediment control. As of July 1, it was awarded LEED® Gold certification and scored high in regards to innovation in design, energy performance, and materials quality.

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Photo Credit: Virginia State University

Virginia State University’s Hunter McDaniel Hall was a joint effort between Draper Aden Associates, Commonwealth Architects, and The S/L/A/M Collaborative. For this project, Draper Aden provided comprehensive site planning and engineering services including survey, Subsurface Utility Engineering, geotechnical analysis, and environmental impact reporting. The building was awarded LEED® Silver certification in July 2014 and includes a mix of laboratory, classrooms, and faculty offices.

From Virginia Tech to Virginia Commonwealth University to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Draper Aden has established itself as a leader in helping design a greener Virginia. The future of Virginia is a little brighter thanks to these LEED® certified buildings and we are happy to have lent a hand in their design.

For more information on the Top 10 States for LEED®, please visit the US Green Building Council’s website.