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Child Care Building for Social Security Administration Woodlawn, MD

LEED Certified Version 2.0

Project Team
GSA Contact John Morrell,
Architect Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates
Gross Sq. Ft. 32,360
Completion Date  March 2002

Sustainable Sites

  • The site reclaimed an existing parking lot, restoring over 50% of it as vegetated space and dedicating it to open space.
  • Site imperviousness decreased from 87% to 47%, from existing to developed conditions.
  • High reflective roofing was used to reduce the heat island effect.
  • The site promotes the use of both alternative and public transportation. It is near bus stops and there are bicycle racks on the campus.

Water Efficiency

  • Drought tolerant and native landscaping was used to eliminate the need for permanent irrigation.
  • Water efficient landscaping reduced run off by 50%.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Due to use of energy recovery systems, an energy performance 20% below ASHRAE 90.1-1999 was achieved.
  • Increased wall insulation, a 7% increase in boiler efficiency, and the use of heat recovery ventilation led to a 70% heat energy savings.

Materials & Resources

  • Asphalt-parking pavement was removed and reused as controlled fill for the foundations.
  • Over 50% of building materials contained recycled content.
  • Celloboard plastic lumber made from 100% recycled plastic and wood was used.
  • Playground equipment is 90-100% post-consumer recycled content. The safety surface material is made from 75% recycled material.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Increased ventilation effectiveness
  • Construction IAQ management plan
  • Chemical pollution source control
  • Temperature and humidity monitoring
  • Increased daylight- 98% of regularly occupied spaces have views

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