FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HITT Contracting Inc. is proud to announce that 2900 Fairview Park Drive has received LEED® Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Home to HITT’s corporate headquarters, the convenient location of 2900 Fairview Park Drive encourages the use of alternative transit to reduce our carbon footprint. On-site amenities like a fully-equipped fitness center, café, ATM, and dry cleaning service reduce the number of trips employees make each day to run errands. Efficient lighting design, a white roof membrane that reflects light and heat away from the building, and higher-efficiency HVAC equipment will save tenants over 20 percent in electrical costs for operating the building. Other “green” considerations include reclaimed and locally-sourced building materials and low-maintenance interior finishes.
Designed by Noritake Associates and completed by HITT Contracting in September 2009, the four-story, 160,000 s.f., Class A building is located in a park-like setting within the Fairview Park campus and exemplifies HITT’s commitment to sustainable construction. The integration of the structure into the surrounding environment was of particular importance to the building’s owners, Fairview Property Investments and Rushmark Properties. The landscaping was designed by Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc. and features indigenous species, a rain garden, and a storm water retention pond, which together eliminate the need for site irrigation. Overall, the facility use 46 percent less water than most buildings of its size thanks to waterless urinals, low-consumption water closets, and low-flow fixtures in the showers and sinks.
By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. “Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “2900 Fairview Park Drive efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
Both the building’s construction and the LEED certification process have served as valuable learning experiences for everyone involved. “The pursuit of LEED Gold certification has meant so much more than just saving long-term operating costs. It gave us a sense of common purpose, of doing something good for our environment, of galvanizing our team into action and to further educate ourselves about a better way to deliver our services and build better quality buildings,” said Brett Hitt, President of HITT. As the benefits of sustainable construction continue to gain recognition in the construction industry, these lessons learned will be used to guide clients as they consider utilizing green building practices on future projects.
About HITT Contracting Inc.: Founded in 1937, HITT Contracting has grown to be ranked among today's 100 Largest General Contractors nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Charleston, Denver, South Florida, and Baltimore. Our client-focused teams fulfill any program need from a doorknob change to base building shells and complete tenant/owner fit-outs. Company-wide we maintain more than 700 employees, including a skilled in-house field force available 24/7 to support our clients long after initial occupancy. The HITT Way for quality and excellence defines the core of our mission and how we are structured. Teams are organized into expert market sector divisions, specializing in corporate base building and interiors, government, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, law firms, major projects, paint and service, and technology. Complementing these market sector teams are the preconstruction, sustainable construction, and subcontractor relations divisions. For more information, please visit http://www.hitt-gc.com/. Follow us @twHITTr.
About U.S. Green Building Council: The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
About LEED: The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.