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The Wheaton Revitalization Project: Designing Maryland's First v2009 LEED Platinum Government Office Building

April 5, 1:45 to 2:45 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Room, & Online

Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Benjamin Holsinger, Design Resilience Leader, Sustainability & Wellbeing Consultant, Associate, Gensler

Judie Lai, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Meghan McAvoy, Associate, Sustainable Programs Manager, GHT Limited




The Wheaton Revitalization Project in Montgomery County, MD, encourages innovative urban design, efficient transportation, pedestrian links, and environmental sustainability. This transit-oriented development includes a 14-story, build-to-suit government office building, public parking, a town square, and street-level retail. 


This project drives economic development in the Wheaton Central Business District, and provides a centralized location for government services, which include the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, as well as six Montgomery County government agencies.


With innovation and sustainability as key drivers of the design, the building features geothermal technologies and solar arrays. Join Gensler and GHT Limited as they share this project case study and reveal the key sustainable design practices that culminated in this award-winning project.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the key sustainable design elements that contributed to the Wheaton Revitalization Project and its LEED Platinum Certification.

  2. Learn about legislation and codes that affect sustainable design practices in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

  3. Understand the intricacies of the design process through the perspectives of the architect, engineer, and County.

  4. Recognize the contributions of each project element (office building, town square, parking garage) in the overarching Wheaton Revitalization Project, and their impact on future projections for the Wheaton Central Business District.


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