Park Chelsea – Sustainable Features Result in LEED for New Construction

Market: Multifamily
Type: Luxury
Location: Washington, DC
Developer / Owner: WC Smith
Architect: Esocoff & Associates
Building Size: 410,000 sf
Certification: LEED® for New Construction™ v2009—Certified Silver

Project Background:

Park Chelsea is a new luxury apartment building located in Washington, D.C. Amenities include a 25 meter indoor lap pool, fitness facility, and yoga room. The building also includes features such as a community garden and a rooftop pool overlooking the U.S. Capitol building. Park Chelsea is one of three buildings at The Collective being developed by WC Smith. The Agora and The Garrett are both currently under construction. SWA will also provide LEED Certification services for these buildings.


Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates provided sustainability consulting and LEED® Program Management to the project.


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Primary Energy Conservation Measures:

  • The courtyard and green roof areas have native, drought resistant plant species.
  • 100% of the parking is underground, which helps to reduce the urban heat island effect.
  • Savings from the water-efficient plumbing fixtures are anticipated to decrease annual water usage by 20%.
  • The project diverted approximately 96% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill.
  • Over 29% of the building materials were extracted, harvested, and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
  • Other energy efficiency measures include an improved thermal envelope, high efficiency fenestration, exterior shading devices, reduced interior lighting power density, high efficiency service hot water heating system, energy recovery, water-side economizer control, variable speed pumps, variable speed cooling tower fans, high efficiency boilers, high efficiency variable refrigerant systems, and high efficiency water source heat pumps.