LEED Gold For Defense Information HQ

The new Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., has earned LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The complex was constructed following the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendation that all DISA headquarters operations in the National Capitol Region be consolidated in a newly constructed facility at Fort Meade.

DISA’s new headquarters complex focuses on not just the usual green features required to gain LEED certification – sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality – but a “whole building approach to sustainability.” This approach includes a wellness program, building automation systems to control lighting, water and energy conservation measures and extensive use of public transit.

DISA headquarters, LEED Gold

image via Army Corps of Engineers

While federal standards now mandate that all new government buildings at least meet basic LEED guidelines, DISA BRAC Executive David Bullock said, in a statement, “The design/build team quickly recognized the opportunity to take this project a step further and challenged themselves to design and build at least a LEED Silver certified complex.” Bullock noted, too, that the building uses 30 percent less energy than a conventionally designed building of similar size.

Companies involved in the project included Hensel Phelps Construction (the contracted designer/builder) and RTKL, a subsidiary of Aracadis.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.