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The Best Green Project of 2017

Benchmark Construction Lebanon Valley College

Health Sciences Building

Renovation Size: 60,000 SF LEED Silver The new 60,000 SF Health Science building will feature cutting-edge classrooms, labs, and technology. The facility will deliver a richer educational experience for students. Among other benefits, the new facility will provide flexible classroom space to be used by multiple programs, observation rooms acoustically treated for sound, human performance and gross anatomy labs, flexible faculty office space to increase collaboration with students, and new technologies that enhance teaching pedagogy. The facility will offer an outdoor pavilion for a variety of educational and social purposes.


Bayshore Village Port Monmouth, NJ

Size: 107,000 SF Energy Star® Certified Apartments When Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012, the senior citizen community known as Bayshore Village suffered devastating consequences. As part of the new project, by Community Investment Strategies and Middletown Senior Citizens Housing Corporation and financed primarily by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, all of the buildings were demolished. A new, three-story building is set above flood elevation. To help mitigate the impact of rainfall, the project incorporated a resilient stormwater management design, which decreased site runoff, and created a detention and water quality treatment area. The developer also decreased the site’s impervious coverage and kept the low-lying area where the previous apartments stood as open space. All mechanical systems were placed above flood elevation, and wind/water penetration resistant details were added. The complex was built using durable cement board exterior siding; state-of-the-art insulation and weather barrier system; and hurricane-rated windows. All units are equipped with energy-efficient lighting and appliances.

Emory Hill & Company 200 S. Cross St. Chestertown, MD

Size: 8500 SF LEED Platinum Emory Hill & Company built the 8,500 SF Sultana Education Foundation’s stunning new Richard and Virginia Holt Center in Chestertown’s Historic District which melded a 19th century historic building with a new facility which won LEED Platinum certification and fulfilled the foundation’s expansion goals. The project won several awards including the 2018 DCA (Delaware Contractors Assn.), ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) of Delaware and Baltimore ULI (Urban Land Institute) awards. The project features a 1,000 SF Geography Classroom, a state-of-the-art Wet Lab, a 1,000 SF Lecture Hall, newly expanded offices and a Project Shop to maintain the Foundation’s floating classroom, the 1768 Sultana schooner.

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