Agora Earns LEED for New Construction

Market: Residential New Construction
Type: High-Rise, Mixed-use
Location: Washington, DC
Developer / Owner: WC Smith
Architect: SK&I Architectural Design Group, LLC
Project Services: LEED Program Management
Building Size: 647,000 sf; 336 units; 11 stories
Certification: LEED® for New Construction™ v2009—Certified Silver

Project Background:

Agora is a new, luxury apartment building located in Washington, D.C. The project features studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments in a variety of contemporary floor plans. A unique amenity package includes a demonstration kitchen for visiting chefs, a rooftop pool, a virtual driving range, and a fitness center with a yoga studio and bicycle spinning room. Additionally, the ground floor retail space features a Whole Foods Market, offering residents and the community a much needed walkable resource.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates provided sustainability consulting services for the project, which earned LEED for New Construction v2009 Silver Certification.

Green Building Features:

  • Green roof and drought tolerant courtyard landscaping, which will reduce the heat island effect and have a longer life than a traditional applied roof.
  • Central domestic gas fired water heaters serve the individual units and amenity areas to help the project achieve a significant reduction in domestic heating energy use and hot water energy cost.
  • High efficiency plumbing fixtures and ENERGY STAR® appliances will enable the project to achieve a 30% percent reduction in potable water use.


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