The new commercial building at 1812 North Moore Street in Arlington, Va. is 30 feet higher than a football field is long, making it the Washington, D.C. area’s tallest LEED-registered commercial building.
The electrical work on this office project is being performed by Electrical Alliance contractor Dynalectric Company. By working on this LEED building and multiple others, Electrical Alliance contractors are helping the metropolitan area attain the goal of leading the U.S. in LEED-certified buildings. Washington, D.C. tops the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) national ratings, with Virginia and Maryland close behind in the ratings, placing fourth and sixth respectively.
The Electrical Alliance is a cooperative effort between the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26. It provides quality electrical construction services to customers and sets the standard for efficiency and productivity within the industry.
The USGBC rated Washington, D.C. as the highest LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings state per capita. The ratings are based on the U.S. 2010 Census information, where D.C. had more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011. Virginia came in fourth, and Maryland, sixth. Commercial building LEED-certification is determined based on the categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.*
While Electrical Alliance contractors completed many LEED-certified projects in 2011 such as Washington Redskins FedEx field and the installment of the largest solar rooftop array in Maryland, Dynalectric Company began work on what will be the tallest office building in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, soaring to 390 feet.
The project at 1812 North Moore Street in Arlington, Va., expected to be completed in 2013, is striving for a LEED rating of Platinum. Electrical elements in the building include:
- A pyramid that will sit at 470.5 feet above sea level and highlighted with
- LED lighting at the pyramid roof trussesLED light fixtures throughout the building and the lobby with wall washing indirect lighting, custom recessed and pendant lights
- A Dominion Power substation with its own utility vault in the building and backup power from a 1250 KW generator*
William Compton, Dynalectric project manager for 1812 North Moore Street, said, “We’re very proud to be working on such a monumental building in Arlington and proud to represent the ongoing future of electrical LEED install in the area through our company and the Electrical Alliance.”
“Sustainability knowledge and expertise are an integral part of the electrical construction industry,” said Andrew Porter, executive director of Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA. “Our contractors and electricians learn the newest green technologies and systems continuously to ensure buildings provide a high-quality experience for end users and lead the industry.”
Members of the Electrical Alliance have access to sustainable training through the Electrical Alliance’s Washington, D.C. Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). The JATC offers classes in solar panel installation, alternative energy systems, and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program. Classes are for state licensed or certified commercial/industrial electricians, master electricians, or electrical administrators.
“A tremendous part of the successful future of our industry will rely on sustainability, and we get that; that’s why we make sure our contractors and electricians are armed with the tools they need to produce LEED certified completed projects,” Porter added.
The JATC offers about 40 different classes each semester for experienced electricians and provides hands-on training and resources for green building. Please email Andrew Porter at email@example.com for a list of certified contractors that can help bring your project to LEED or visit our searchable database at www.electricalalliance.org.