Press Release
August 2, 2013

Bay Foundation Seeks More Salvaged Materials for the Greenest Building in Virginia

From Sinks to Bleachers, Community Donations Are Helping Create the Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point

(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is issuing a final call to the Hampton Roads community for used and salvaged building materials to help create the Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point.

The Brock Center, which when completed in 2014 will be the greenest building in Virginia and among the most sustainable in the world, already has received donations of mop sinks, old bleachers, champagne corks (for pull knobs), lockers, mirrors, and even planks from a live oak tree felled in a nearby neighborhood.

CBF, however, continues to seek additional salvaged items, including used wood for flooring, solid surface countertops, and stainless steel tables. For a full list of items needed, go to

"We are thrilled with the community's response to our request for salvage materials," said CBF Hampton Roads Director Christy Everett. "The donations reflect a keen interest in this unique project and a genuine desire to find creative ways to reduce, recycle, and reuse. But we're looking for additional materials before we break ground to create one of the most sustainable buildings in the world right here in Hampton Roads."

The used materials will help the center meet the Living Building Challenge, a set of strict environmental standards established by the International Living Future Institute that requires the facility to have a "net zero" impact on the environment. Among other things, the building must use recycled and salvaged materials in its construction.

CBF expects to break ground and begin construction on the Brock Environmental Center later this month. For more information, contact Christy Everett at 757/622-1964, send an e-mail to, or visit


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