Brock Environmental Center

Brock Environmental Center
Brock Environmental Center

For its new Brock Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) envisioned transcending LEED, achieving zero-net-CO2 emissions and zero waste leaving the site—a new and significant paradigm for sustainability. To design the Center, CBF engaged SmithGroup, building on a long-standing relationship.


Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Virginia Beach, Virginia


Cultural, Workplace, Waterfront, Visitor & Interpretive Centers, Commercial Office Buildings, Public & Civic, Sustainable Design, MEP Engineering, Architecture, Programming


13,400 SF

Featured Awards

American Institute of Architects -- Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten 'Plus' Award, 2017


IA Committee on the Environment (COTE), COTE Top Ten, 2017

High Performance Building & Community Award, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council/Beyond Green, 2016

Sustainability Initiative of the Year, Building Intelligence Group, 2016

GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award - Green Architecture -- Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards, 2017

GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award -- The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2016

National Technology Award, Second Place, Commercial Buildings, ASHRAE, 2016

Honor Award Institutional Architecture, AIA Maryland, 2016

Best of the Best Green Project, Engineering News Record, 2016

Technology Second Place, New Commercial Buildings, American Society of Landscape Architecture, 2016

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Award of Excellence Mechanical Systems Design, ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute, 2016

Award of Merit Architectural Engineering Integration, ASCE Architectural Engineering Institute, 2016

Award of Excellence - Commercial Architecture, AIA Northern Virginia, 2016

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 2015

Best Green Project, ENR Mid-Atlantic, 2015

Best Sustainable Design - Award of Excellence, Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate, 2015

Sustainable Building Project Award, American Planning Association, 2015

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) -- Technology Award, Honorable Mention – Educational, 2018

Brock Environmental Center

Our vision quite simply is to create one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world at Pleasure House Point.

Christy Everett
CBF Hampton Roads Director

Brock Environmental Center

To forge a shared vision for the 118-acre site, the last large undeveloped parcel at Pleasure House Point, monthly stakeholder meetings drew important input from community partners and the City of Virginia Beach. Housing offices for CBF and partner groups, the center also features an 80-seat conference room, meeting rooms, and exhibit display areas.

Site development, focused on preservation of the local ecology, includes a boat pier with floating dock, a 250-foot kayak pier, and an open-air education pavilion.

Brock Environmental Center

There are hardly any buildings in the world that are zero carbon, zero waste, zero water, I mean, that is exceptional, that has to be acknowledged. It is a fine tuned building.

Chris Castle
JUROR Managing Director, EPR Architects

Brock Environmental Center

A collaborative approach to planning at the project's onset forged a close relationship with the City's regulatory agencies, helping them to adopt sustainability strategies such as permeable paving and on-site waste treatment. In 2016, the Brock Center achieved Living Building Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute.

Brock Environmental Center

CBF is committed to showcasing the new the Center's sustainable attributes, it publishes its daily usage on a Building Dashboard.

Brock Environmental Center