29 Jul '13, 10pm

Gas Works: A utility company gets progressively green, in part with the help of its namesake fuel source.

Gas Works: A utility company gets progressively green, in part with the help of its namesake fuel source.

For Washington Gas, bigger is not better. Although the regional utility’s former operations center surpassed a whopping 500,000 square feet, the 1950s-era building contained barely used warehouse components; nor did it include enough of the collaborative office space that could attract personnel talent and engage the public. A new operations center, designed by Washington, D.C.-area firm FOX Architects and located on an adjacent 20 acres in Springfield, Virginia, approximately halves that area. Photo © Esto ----- Advertising ----- The design team made every remaining square foot count—in part by abiding the client’s demand for a highly energy- and emissions-efficient project. The largest occupied building of the new campus, for example, is the 186,000-square-foot office building, which was given a narrow bar shape to minimize energy consumption by lighting. “We created a 4...

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