December 19, 2012
CBF Seeks Local Salvaged Materials for
Living Building at Pleasure House Point
(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)���Pursuing the most stringent sustainability standards for its planned environmental center at Pleasure House Point, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is seeking salvaged building materials needed for the project.
CBF plans to construct the Brock Environmental Center to meet the "Living Building Challenge��," a set of strict environmental standards established by the International Living Future Institute that requires the facility to have "net zero" impact on the environment.
Toward that goal, one requirement is to use as many recycled or salvaged construction materials as possible, and CBF is seeking local sources for them. The salvage wish-list includes solid wood doors, solid wood flooring and interior wood trim, cabinets and hardware, granite or stone countertops, bathroom mirrors, lockers, ceramic tile, wooden barrels (for rain cisterns), cypress or cedar ship-lap style siding, wall-mounted sinks and a mop sink, and parking lot wheel stops.
"We are counting on the community to be a literal part of CBF's ambitious, environmentally sustainable project by donating approved construction materials," said Christy Everett, CBF Hampton Roads Director. "The CBF Brock Environmental Center will be a national model of how to live responsibly on the land while protecting our surrounding waterways."
The CBF Brock Environmental Center will become the hub for CBF's Hampton Roads office staff and the foundation's award-winning environmental education programs, which take thousands of students and teachers onto local waterways each year for in-depth Bay learning experiences. It will also provide office space for Lynnhaven River NOW and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation staff, and serve as a venue for community meetings and collaboration. The center's footprint will include one acre of the 118 acre Pleasure House Point Natural Area.
Last week, the City of Virginia Beach approved a conditional use permit for the CBF Brock Environmental Center, named in honor of Joan and Macon Brock of Virginia Beach who donated a generous $3.5 million leadership gift. An ongoing fundraising campaign includes goals of $10 million to acquire the land and construct the center; $5 million for programs to improve water quality, including environmental education, restoration, and outreach; and $5 million to endow the center and its education and community programs.
Groundbreaking for the CBF Brock Environmental Center is slated for late Summer 2013 with a target completion date of Autumn 2014.