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Commonwealth II is the first office building in Northern Virginia to acheive this top level of LEED certification…


Commonwealth II is the first office building in Northern Virginia to achieve this top level of LEED certification, the fifth in the state of Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, VA, February 15, 2011 - Suffolk Construction Company’s recently completed Commonwealth II project has received LEED Platinum certification. Commonwealth II is a five-story, 162,000 square-foot office building and neighboring 262-space parking garage at Commonwealth Centre at Westfield’s, located in Chantilly, Virginia. The $24 million building was designed by Hickok Cole Architects for BPG Development Company, L.P.

The project team exceeded the original goal of LEED Silver to earn 45 points, and was subsequently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CS 2.0 Platinum level certification. Upon earning Platinum certification, the highest recognition possible for energy and environmental design excellence, Commonwealth II is now recognized as the first office building in Northern Virginia to achieve this level of LEED certification, the fifth in the entire state of Virginia.

Based on the willingness of the client and the dedication of the project team, the following strategies helped to achieve LEED Platinum level certification:

  • Covered bicycle racks
  • Site-wide storm water management that captures a great portion of the storm water in BMP swales, ponds, and rain garden
  • White (high albedo) roof
  • Low flow irrigation funded by non-potable sources
  • Preferred parking for low-emitting vehicles and car/van-pools
  • Highly efficient plumbing fixtures including 1.28gpf toilets and waterless urinals
  • Intelligent building system with Measurement & Verification capability and policy
  • 100% of house panel power offset with green-e RECs
  • Low-emitting materials throughout
  • Views for 90% of regularly occupied spaces (based on test fit)
  • Reduced materials use (IT)
  • Suffolk contributed with 80.5% waste diversion, 25.3% recycled material, 39.1% regional materials, and 77% of all wood products FSC certified

“At Suffolk, we understand that sustainable building practices can have a positive effect on our natural environment, regional economy, and the health and productivity of building occupants,” stated Michael DiNapoli, Vice President and General Manager of Suffolk’s Mid-Atlantic Office in Falls Church, Virginia. “I am proud of the entire team’s efforts to exceed the project’s expectations for a sustainable LEED Platinum facility.”

Suffolk Construction employs over 200 LEED Accredited Professionals (APs) and was recently ranked #30 in the nation’s Top Green Contractors listing in ENR magazine. Over the past few years, Suffolk has delivered over 50 LEED projects including 5 LEED Platinum and 16 LEED Gold projects.

About Suffolk Construction Company

Founded in 1982, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., is one of the leading privately held construction management firms in the country, with main offices in the northeast, mid-Atlantic, southeast and west coast regions of the country. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design/build and general contracting services, and has a strong reputation for delivering challenging building construction projects in the healthcare, education, science/technology, government and commercial sectors.

Suffolk’s approach, capabilities and offerings are transforming the way clients achieve success in the construction industry. Suffolkhas a commitment and passion for environmentally-friendly business practices and sustainable building, a focus on state-of-the-art technologies to support key processes, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), and a creative and intensive approach to preconstruction planning which has resulted in higher quality and lower overall costs for clients.

Suffolk employees are experienced construction professionals and are committed to client service and relationship building. They are influencers in the construction industry and in their local communities, and consistently lead by example while striving to exceed expectations with clients, partners and the people and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information about Suffolk, please visit the company’s Web site at

About U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.