Showcase Building Tours

This year, Better Buildings partners and other D.C.-area properties are hosting Showcase Building Tours on May 15. Organizations will open up their buildings and share energy savings insights with Better Buildings Summit attendees. Tour hosts will highlight the energy and water efficiency measures and actions that have helped them achieve their energy reduction goals and save money.

Be sure to sign up for Showcase Buildings Tours when you register.

Commercial/Multifamily Sector

Penrose Group, The Latitude Apartments 

The Latitude Apartments by the Penrose Group is a new 12-story, 265-unit multifamily building in Arlington, Virginia, which offers residents green living in the areas of energy, water, waste, and transportation. The tour will focus on the Variable Refrigerant Flow mechanical system spanning from the resident units all the way to the condensing units on the roof.

 

  • Currently this tour is full and accepting reservations for the waiting list only
  • Meeting time and location: 8:45am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: The Latitude Apartments, 3601 Fairfax Dr, Arlington VA 22201
     

Commercial Sector

JBG Companies, CEB Tower – Central Place Office Tower

CEB Tower at Central Place is an exciting, new development in Rosslyn, Virginia that will be home to the highest public point in the Washington D.C. metro area – an observation deck that offers 360 degree views of the surrounding skyline. Developed by Better Buildings Challenge partner and tour host, The JBG Companies, the 570,000 square foot trophy office space is Pre-certified LEED Platinum and the tour will feature innovative energy efficiency and sustainability features such as Low-E glass, express elevators, heat tracing slabs, economizer recovery and more.

  • Meeting time and location: 9:15am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: CEB Tower at Central Place, 1201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22209
     

Hilton, Washington Hilton

Attendees will tour the Better Buildings Summit host hotel and see the behind-the-scenes energy efficiency measures put in place by Hilton, a flagship Better Buildings Challenge partner. The tour will showcase Hilton’s work on energy management systems, lighting, HVAC, advanced building controls, and hotel operations. This historic hotel regularly hosts the annual White House Correspondents Dinner and the National Prayer Breakfast, and has played a part in other important events. It is one of 12 sites in DC considered a Historic Hotel by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 

  • Meeting time and location: 10:00am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
     

REI Co-op, Washington DC Flagship Store at Uline Arena

The Uline Arena, aka Washington Coliseum, was built in 1941 and played host to the first Beatles concert on American soil. The Uline Arena was reincarnated last summer as a new REI flagship store, targeting LEED Gold certification under the USGBC’s Commercial Interiors rating system. Join Better Buildings Alliance partner REI on a tour of this state-of-the-art retail homage to the great outdoors.

 

  • Meeting time and location: 9:00am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Uline Arena, 140 3rd St NE, Washington, DC 20002
     

Urban Land Institute Headquarters

Urban Land Institute's HQ is a symbolic reflection of the Institute's values, including its focus on sustainability and building healthy places. ULI’s workplace is designed to affect productivity, organizational culture, and collaboration. The space is an example of energy efficiency best practices that can be achieved in a tenant space build-out.

 

  • Meeting time and location: 9:00am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Urban Land Institute, 2001 L St NW #200, Washington, DC 20036
     

 

Public Sector

Arlington County, VA, Arlington Central Library

Through its partnership with the Better Buildings Challenge, Arlington County’s Central Library has reduced energy use by 28% since 2008, saving $56,000 annually, and has cut electricity consumption in half since 2000. The tour will highlight projects completed in the 137,000 square foot building, including lighting retrofits, energy efficient chiller replacement, the installation of a photovoltaic system, and new condensing boilers.

 

  • Meeting time and location: 8:30am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Arlington Central Library, 1015 Quincy Street Arlington, VA 22201
     

Fairfax County, VA School District, Marshall High School

George C. Marshall High School is one of Fairfax County School District's largest and most recently renovated K-12 buildings. Starting in 2011, the school implemented several energy upgrades including automated temperature controls, energy recovery units, LED lighting fixtures, and variable frequency drives. However, it takes more than just efficient equipment to turn a school into an energy saver. By expanding the school’s comprehensive education and sustainability program, they created project-based learning activities that conserve energy and promote environmental stewardship. Come learn how the school is magnifying their stewardship on a tour!

  • Meeting time and location: 8:00am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043

 

Montgomery, County, MD, Clarksburg Correctional Facility and the Holiday Park Senior Center

Montgomery County has implemented over 15 solar and advanced energy systems projects. Join a tour of mobile solar sites at the Holiday Park Senior Center and the Clarksburg Correctional Facility. Holiday Park Senior Center includes a car canopy system that provides shade and weather protection for residents, while also generating clean, low-cost energy. The Montgomery County Correctional Facility is installing three separate solar PV systems, including rooftop and ground mount systems. The ground mount system is designed to complement the existing landscape, allowing habitat to exist around it to support broader green space and water quality goals. 

  • Meeting time and location: 8:00 am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: Clarksburg Correctional Facility, 22880 Whelan Ln, Boyds, MD 20841 and Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906

 

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Get a behind the scenes look at the energy efficiency measures in place at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  The world's most popular natural history museum is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Opened in 1910, this museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities.  Highlights of the tour will include a review of the historical building and a look at the modern HVAC upgrades put in place to save energy while maintaining comfort for 8 million annual visitors and preserving 126 million specimens.

 

  • Currently this tour is full and accepting reservations for the waiting list only
  • Meeting time and location: 8:45 am Monday, May 15th in the Washington Hilton lobby
  • Contact information: betterbuildingssummit@ee.doe.gov
  • Tour address: National Mall