Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Brock Environmental Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

10,000 GSF, 930 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Platinum, Living Building Challenge (LBC) Certified

Award of Excellence - Commercial Architecture, Best Master Planned Project - Award of Excellence, Best Project - Green Project

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“Our vision quite simply is to create one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world at Pleasure House Point.”

—Christy Everett, CBF Hampton Roads Director


For its new Brock Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) envisioned transcending LEED, achieving zero-net-CO2 emissions and zero waste leaving the site—a new and significant paradigm for sustainability. To design the Center, CBF engaged SmithGroupJJR, building on a long-standing relationship.

To forge a shared vision for the 118-acre site, the last large undeveloped parcel at Pleasure House Point, monthly stakeholder meetings drew important input from community partners and the City of Virginia Beach. Housing offices for CBF and partner groups, the center also features an 80-seat conference room, meeting rooms, and exhibit display areas. Site development, focused on preservation of the local ecology, includes a boat pier with floating dock, a 250-foot kayak pier, and an open-air education pavilion.

A collaborative approach to planning at the project's onset forged a close relationship with the City's regulatory agencies, helping them to adopt sustainability strategies such as permeable paving and on-site waste treatment. In 2016, the Brock Center achieved Living Building Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute.

CBF is committed to showcasing the new the Center's sustainable attributes, it publishes its daily usage on a Building Dashboard.

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