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Virginia Continues to Excel in Green Building

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Virginia Continues to Excel in Green Building


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a ranking for the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building, and we are proud to say that Virginia ranked 7th in the list! Not only did Virginia make the top ten, the state has continued to improve each year.

“Virginia has moved up the Top 10 list each of the last three years and we’re encouraged by the progress that’s been made,” said Cindy Zork, USGBC community director for Virginia.

W. M. Jordan is proud to be a part of Virginia’s improved LEED ranking, as we strive to educate our employees on the benefits of green building while also emphasizing sustainability in all our projects.

In the past year, WMJ has had 10 project managers and engineers certified as LEED Associates. LEED Green Associates demonstrate knowledge of green design, construction  and operations. Green Associates have a high-level knowledge of over 100 areas of green building.

Most recently Zachary Grace and Jos Barna, two Project Engineers at WMJ, completed their LEED Green Associate certifications. Grace and Barna will take principals learned and incorporate them into their project.

Trible Library Sky Shot
CNU Trible Library

W. M. Jordan’s Trible Library renovation at Christopher Newport University was just certified as a LEED Silver project. This 170,561 sq. ft. renovation utilized the building re-use category of LEED certification by keeping most of the existing structure in tact while renovation a portion of the existing structure and building a 66,000 sq. ft.

The LEED Silver design of the project allows the owner to claim an energy cost savings of 29%, reduce potable water use by 42% and diverted 72% of the on-site generated construction waste from the landfill.

Eight of our current under construction projects are being built to LEED specifications. These include projects for NASA, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Ferguson Enterprises and Virginia Tech.

Hydroponics Lab at HRA

Sustainable building not only benefits the environment, but also provides long term benefits to our clients. By intelligently placing windows, calculating water requirements and using newer, more efficient equipment, LEED certified buildings are significantly less costly to operate.

Sustainable building is just one-way W. M. Jordan Company continues its relentless pursuit of excellence.