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:
Estimated energy savings of $3,799/year with a 58.8% Energy Cost Reduction.
OWNER: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
TIMEFRAME: 2007 – 2009
SIZE: 4,900 SF
COST: $2.6 million
ESTIMATED ENERGY SAVINGS: $3,799/year
2010 – Green Building Leadership Award, James River Green Building Council (now
USGBC – Greater Virginia)
2009 – Best of Award, Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine
2010 – Honor Award, American Institute of Architects – Central, VA
2010 – Excellence in Architecture Award, American Institute of Architects – The Virginia Society