AIA Northern Virginia
AIA Northern Virginia Sketch Competition
Building Tour: Alexandria Renew Enterprises
April 24

1800 Limerick St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

This tour is offered as part of the AIA Northern Virginia 360 Mentoring Program and Architecture Week.

The Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center is the new headquarters building for Alexandria’s advance water treatment facility. Designed by Rust | Orling Architecture, this sustainably designed building offers office, training and meeting space for AlexRenew. It also serves as a community resource to educate the public about sustainable design and clean water, offering educational displays and tours to local school and community groups. Adjacent to the Center is Alexandria’s advance water resource recovery facility, a public utility that makes dirty water clean again. Participants will tour both buildings.

Learning Objectives:
• Participants will consider AlexRenew’s mission to protect public health and the environment, and learn about ongoing improvements to make better water and boost sustainable operations.
• Participants will examine sustainable building features of the Environmental Center, including a well-insulated building envelope, use of natural daylight, vertical sun shades, photovoltaics and reclaimed water use, allowing the Center to seek LEED® Platinum certification.
• Participants will examine the wastewater treatment facility and storage tanks, hidden by a community athletic field, considering how the design allows the biological treatment plant to function efficiently.
• Participants will consider AlexRenew’s role as a community resource to educate the public about sustainable design and clean water with educational displays, resources and tours.

1 LU|HSW. Free.

This event is open to the public and offered in celebration of Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.