Flex/R&D Facilities in Ashburn Tech Park Earn LEED Gold

St. John Properties’ LEED-certified portfolio now counts 40 buildings.

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Ashburn Tech Park, Ashburn, Va.
Ashburn Tech Park, Ashburn, Va.

Ashburn, Va.St. John Properties Inc. announced it has earned LEED Gold certification for two flex/R&D buildings located within the Ashburn Tech Park in Ashburn, Va. The company now owns 40 buildings that have been awarded either Gold or Silver LEED certification since it initiated its LEED program in 2009, with 18 of them designed for flex/R&D usage.

The latest assets to receive the certification are two 54,120-square-foot properties located at 44190 and 44200 Waxpool Road. The attributes that earned them the certification include the incorporation of high-efficiency HVAC systems, high-performance windows, sustainable laboratory fixes, a white thermoplastic polyolefin roofing system (TPO), drought-resistant landscaping and significant open spaces.

“Designing and constructing buildings that achieve LEED certification is extremely important to our company and our tenants, as end-users place increased emphasis on leasing space that satisfies these sustainable requirements,” Regional Partner Matt Holbrook for St. John Properties said in a prepared statement. “As compared with older, non-sustainable buildings in the marketplace, our LEED-certified buildings significantly reduce our clients’ operating costs thanks to building systems that conserve expensive resources like electricity, natural gas, and water. With regard to environmental stewardship, St. John Properties continues to devote significant resources to retain our position as a recognized thought-innovator and leader in this movement. Our commitment is only possible with feedback from our clients and researching new green strategies that save energy and improve the interior environment.”

Ashburn Tech Park is located off Waxpool Road and the Dulles Greenway and currently consists of eight research and development/office/flex buildings totaling more than 440,000 square feet of space. The park is situated in close proximity to Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Toll Road and the growing population of eastern Loudoun County, Va. The R&D buildings offer tenant spaces that are 30 feet wide with 16- to 18-foot high ceilings and feature dock or drive-in rear loading options. Additionally, free surface parking is available.

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