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Apex Clean Energy Headquarters Charlottesville, VA

DESCRIPTION

Starting from WM+P’s original aspiration of designing buildings like trees, Apex Clean Energy’s headquarters is built with a Mass Timber wood structure and healthy materials while harvesting daylight and energy from the sun. A total of 875 roof– and canopy-mounted solar panels is expected to produce 364 MWh of energy per year, enough to equate to net-positive energy use by the Apex offices.

Implementing MT products brings natural beauty to occupants while allowing for transparency in material sourcing, material health, material reutilization and carbon management. By assembling the building using only mechanical fasteners, the high-value MT elements can be harvested from the structure and reused so that the material can return to industry for next use as part of the circular economy.

The building also prioritizes occupant well-being, offering excellent views to natural light, lighting controls and operable shades, and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products were incorporated where possible. Meanwhile, the structure’s green roof creates habitat to promote biodiversity and stormwater retention. 

“The design of the building required an imaginative and creatively challenging process,” said John Bahouth, Apex’s senior vice president of administration. “Our direction was clear: to achieve financial efficiencies that met, or even reduced, our current obligations while setting a new benchmark in terms of sustainability. Fortunately, our process led to a partnership with world-renowned architect Bill McDonough, who literally wrote the book on sustainable design.”

PROGRAM

Multi-tenant office space

AREA

187,000 sf

STATUS

Under Construction

TEAM

William McDonough + Partners, Design Architects

Staengl Engineers, MEP Engineers

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Structural Engineers