The Brock Center + Virginia Beach School’s: Benchmark for Landscape Sustainability (Examining LEED and SITES)
1.5 General GBCI and AIA credits pending
Bring plenty of business cards for networking beginning at 11:50 am.
For the last 20 years WPL was engaged in virtually every facet of transformative design in the coastal resort town of Virginia Beach and surrounding Tidewater. Their planning and design work helped shape regional understandings about sustainability and resiliency from a site-first approach. But WPL also owes its success to great clients and unique projects. Working with the Virginia Beach School System, for example, has offered valuable perspectives on how small sustainability routines can go a long way for one of the region’s largest land and building owners. One the first and constant promoters of USGBC’s LEED rating system in Virginia, Virginia Beach Schools has adopted a 100-year design philosophy for both site and building. Much of what WPL has learned with sustainability for schools has been promoted to their other development markets. Another great client with an extremely rare project opportunity, was the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) with the Brock Environmental Center. The CBF’s goal from the onset was to protect, preserve, and celebrate the site, while simultaneously showcasing technologies that contribute to net-zero energy, water, and waste. What resulted was not only LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge (LBC) certifications, but also a reference project for other development in the region as to what is achievable for resilient and sustainable places. These clients and their projects are benchmarks of landscape sustainability for Virginia and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic.
WPL will review what they have done for LEED projects in Virginia Beach Schools and how they achieved various Site credits. They will also expand on the driving design and philosophy for the Brock Environmental Center and how it is influencing other projects and being replicated for different watersheds.
Mike Fox, ASLA
As a Senior Associate at WPL, Mike heads the Landscape Architecture group, ensuring staffing, training, and project review for both conceptual and technical design plans. He also participates in various business development tasks and marketing endeavors for landscape architectural projects. He is skilled in staff leadership and project management for projects ranging from small commercial development to large town planning efforts and everything in between. Able to engage with broad audiences, he is a talented communicator. Mike enjoys working on unique projects such as amphitheaters, rooftop gardens, city master plans, and special park designs. Having a broad knowledge of the various disciplines involved, Mike uses a balanced approach of pragmatism and creativity for successful design on virtually every type of project in Tidewater, and beyond.
William D. Almond, FASLA
William D. Almond, FASLA, CLARB is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 42 years’ experience on a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, military and institutional projects. Prior to establishing the landscape architectural division at WPL, Mr. Almond was Senior Associate at the Norfolk based architectural firm of Shriver and Holland Associates for over 21 years. This combined with WPL’s extensive practice of landscape architecture has afforded Mr. Almond a broad range of knowledge in all aspects of landscape architecture including site analysis, master planning, site planning, site design and construction detailing, planting design as well as bid and award and construction administration. Mr. Almond has served all federal, state and local municipal governments inclusive of all the Tidewater Virginia cities. Mr. Almond has served the City of Virginia Beach on multiple planning and landscape architectural assignments over the last 40 years. Mr. Almond has extensive ties to his local community serving on city council appointed boards and commissions as well as local neighborhood civic leagues.
Lunch will be served.