The BRAC 133 project is a new office complex being developed at Mark Center, an established mixed-use business park in Alexandria, VA, for 6,409 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel that implements the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s Recommendation # 133. The project is part of the U.S. Army’s Fort Belvoir, VA BRAC initiative, and entails the relocation of Defense Department-level agencies’ personnel, from leased space in Northern Virginia, whose move is being managed by the Washington Headquarters Services. The Mark Center site was selected following an extensive evaluation of several Northern Virginia sites during 2007-2008. The new complex will consist of two multi-story office towers—a 15-story building and a 17-story building—two parking garages and a public Transportation Center serving Mark Center and the surrounding community, and ancillary support facilities.
The two office towers are being designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver certification—a national standard set by the U.S. Green Building Council to foster sustainable building design and construction. Cutting-edge strategies in environmentally sustainable construction and site development that will ensure water savings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality will be employed. When completed, the two towers are anticipated to use 30 percent less energy than comparable office buildings. The Transportation Center is being designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Uzin Utz North America supplied UZIN PE 480 as a moisture barrier and worked closely with the flooring contractor to meet the requirements of this project. PE 480 meets the requirements to be eligible for LEED certification points.