Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours: REI D.C. Flagship Store at Uline Arena

Stay tuned for more highlights from this year’s Better Buildings Summit Showcase Tours.

Better Buildings Alliance partner REI lead a group of 20 Summit attendees on a tour of the Uline Arena, also known as Washington Coliseum. Originally built in 1941, in 2016 the Arena reopened as a REI’s new D.C. flagship store, targeting LEED Gold certification. The Arena has a storied history: it hosted the first Beatles concert in the United States, served as a practice court for the Harlem Globetrotters, and at one point housed an ice rink.  REI’s broader commitment to sustainability in its company culture was the main driver in the design of the store; the company also was determined that the store should be engaged with the community – a place for people to hang out, not just shop. This is not the first sustainability project REI has undertaken with its properties; they opened a net-zero energy distribution center in Arizona last year that is certified LEED Platinum.

Check out these photos from the Uline Arena building tour; thank you to Becky Smith and the team at the REI Co-op DC Flagship store!

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