The Walter L. Rice Education Building at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Rivers Center is a 4,900 SF building with offices, teaching labs, classrooms, catering services, and restrooms. This living laboratory provides a place for research, teaching, and public outreach programs focused on environmental sciences. It also serves to inform faculty, students, and the community about the benefits of sustainable building practices.
The building incorporates high standards for environmental sustainability and energy efficiency strategies, which helped the facility become the first LEED Platinum building in Virginia.
2RW provided MEP engineering for the following aspects of the facility:
The facility’s 2018 energy use intensity (EUI) was 45.3 (kBtu/SF/yr). Operating at this level, the building is:
*From the August 2018 update to Portfolio Manager’s “U.S. Energy Use Intensity by Property Type” technical reference.
OWNER: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2009
SIZE: 4,900 SF
COST: $2.6 million
ESTIMATED ENERGY SAVINGS: $3,799/year
2019 – Green Building Legacy Award – USGBC Virginia
2019 – People’s Choice Award – USGBC Virginia
2011 – Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Virginia DEQ
2010 – Green Building Leadership Award, James River Green Building Council (now
USGBC – Greater Virginia)
2010 – Honor Award, American Institute of Architects – Central Virginia
2010 – Excellence in Architecture, American Institute of Architects – The Virginia Society
2009 – Green Innovation Award, Best Institutional Project, Higher Education, Virginia Sustainable Building Network
2009 – Project of the Year, Mid-Atlantic Construction
2009 – Project of the Year Green Projects, Mid-Atlantic Construction