I spent the weekend down in southwestern Virginia with my girlfriend at her parents’ place, so I thought it would be appropriate to write about a local LEED project today. Unfortunately, green news is still bit thin in those parts, but I was able to dig up a few LEED projects in Roanoke, which is about an hour west of her folks.
One of them is the rehabilitation of the State & City Building, a historic 101-year-old, eight-story structure that local developer Rob Glenn is converting into 3,700-square-foot, full-floor residential condominiums. Located at 104 Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, five of the eight floors have already been purchased; Mr. Glenn and his wife will move into the top two floors. The final floor- the third floor- will be sold as a fully furnished speculative condo with an asking price of between $600,000 and $700,000. Purchasers of each of the other units will be free to design the interiors as they see fit, and the entire renovation should be complete sometime next June.
Glenn hopes to obtain a LEED Silver rating for his efforts, which include LEED-standard design features such as low-VOC paints and sealants, energy efficient appliances, and the use of recycled construction materials. Of course, the project’s most sustainable feature is that it contemplates the restoration of an historic structure- Roanoke’s first such conversion to seek a LEED rating. The building’s exterior was reworked with the installation of pre-cast stone masonry and the cleaning and repair of its copper cornice, as well as with new entrances for both a first-floor retail jeweler and the residential spaces. The project team also includes architect John Garland of Spectrum Design and Breakell General Contractors.