Northwest Arkansas Office Adds Three

Bryan Yates, Clay Spicer, and Ethan Six have all joined the NWA Viridian office.

Bryan has over twenty years of experience in the sustainability field. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction and a Certified Commissioning Agent. Bryan will work with Viridian’s new construction energy services division as Project Manager.

Clay joined Viridian as Commissioning Specialist with over twenty years of mechanical systems and HVAC experience. Clay has a degree in Applied Science of Heating and Air Technologies from Oklahoma State University and is currently studying for the Certified Commissioning Agent Exam.

Ethan Six is a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Arkansas Tech University. He will be interning at Viridian for the spring semester as Commissioning Administrator for the energy services department.

MBJ Building Memphis Award Finalists Announced

Memphis Business Journal is proud to announce the finalists of the 5th annual Building Memphis Awards.

The Building Memphis awards honor projects that have created a community impact in the areas of investment, jobs created and potential impact on a surrounding area, and it recognizes the major players involved in the projects, including owners, developers, brokers, architects/designers, engineers, contractors and financial lenders.

All project finalists were completed or substantially completed during calendar year 2016.

Viridian projects honored as finalists in the MBJ’s 5th annual Building Memphis Awards include: Read More

Van Buren Senior Activity Center Earns LEED® Certification

10-06 (487)The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the Van Buren Senior Activity Center.  With the assistance of Viridian, the building was awarded Certified level of certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system.

The Van Buren Senior Activity Center is a 12,277 ft2, multi-functional facility, serving as a community resource for Van Buren residents. The facility includes a large cafeteria and kitchen, an exercise room, computer room, library, quilting room, pool room and offices as well as a large storm shelter at the back of the building. Read More

Viridian NWA Hosts Community Event

20160630_174828Viridian’s Northwest Arkansas office was recently designated a Gold Level Bike Friendly Business. To show our appreciation, Viridian hosted a community event at The Handlebar on June 30th to raise awareness and funding for Bike Fayetteville and Fayetteville Bike Polo. The event brought together community members, bike enthusiasts, and Viridian clients for an evening of Bike Polo, local beer and local food.

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Building Mock-Up Testing By Viridan

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Viridian Little Rock Earns 2015 ENERGY STAR® Certification

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Viridian Little Rock has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which  signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This year, Viridian scored an impressive 98 out of 100 points.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Viridian improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. Read More

American Eagle Outfitters Hazleton Distribution Center Earns LEED® Silver Certification

4F4B9784With the assistance of Viridian, American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center located in Hazleton, PA was awarded Silver level of certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

American Eagle Outfitters Hazleton Distribution Center is a 1.65 million square foot distribution and office center complete with on-site gym, training rooms and cafeteria located in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazleton, PA. This facility is the third distribution center for American Eagle Outfitters in North America.

The decision related to the pursuit of LEED certification was not determined until late in the construction process. The project team was able to make a number of modifications to improve the sustainable features of the facility including plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, site lighting, landscape and irrigation design, preferred parking, other impacts.

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Arkansas River Resource Center Earns LEED® Silver Certification

ARRC Exterior ShotLITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – March 9, 2015:  With the assistance of Viridian, the Arkansas River Resource Center was recently awarded Silver level of certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

“When the Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors decided to build the new office building, it was important to raise the bar and set a precedent for our future.  Sustainability is very important to this organization and it made sense to pursue a LEED rated building.  We are excited and very proud of this accomplishment”, noted Chris Mathews, Little Rock Port Authority Board Chairman.

The Arkansas River Resource Center is a 4,926 square foot, one story, office building located on 4.2 acres at the end of Industrial Harbor Drive on the banks of the Arkansas River. It is home to the Little Rock Port Authority and Shortline Railroad and features high-tech conference rooms and meeting spaces. The facility is designed to enable economic development, marketing, and educational activities related to the Little Rock Port Authority’s industrial park.  Read More

April Ambrose Named to AIA Memphis Board of Directors and the Sustainability Advisory Committee

AIA Memphis Board of DirectorsApril Ambrose, Viridian’s Memphis area Territory Manager, has been named to the 2015 AIA Memphis Board of Directors as a Corporate Member Director. Elections were held January 8th at the Annual Membership Party.

April was also recently appointed to the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability Advisory Committee. The members include appointees from each municipality in Shelby County, non-profit leaders, sustainability experts, university researchers, and private citizens who reflect the diversity within our community. The primary responsibility of the Committee is to monitor the progress of the Sustainable Shelby Implementation Plan, provide advice and support in program implementation and policy setting for the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability, and to hold periodic public meetings. They will meet in working groups to focus on projects related to energy, recycling, growth, and engagement.


Viridian Partner to Present at 2014 Greenbuild Conference & Expo

GreenbuildChris Ladner, Founding Partner of Viridian, along with Danny Halel of Hussmann Corporation, and Chris Deal of MODUS Engineering will present at the 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA. The presentation, “Modeling and M&V, A Love Story?”, will be Thursday, October 23 from 8:00 – 9:00 am.

Kum & Go, a national convenience store chain and first and only participant in the LEED Volume program will be featured. The presentation will show original modeled energy use, archived energy use data, and real-time energy use profiles from various facilities in multiple climate zones. Modeling refrigeration energy use and defining/documenting improved energy efficiency of the refrigeration will be reviewed and discussed with the audience. The project team will embarrass themselves by sharing their original modeling process, design assumptions, and expected energy use by load. Challenges associated with developing energy models for multiple climate zones under the LEED Volume program will also be referenced in the presentation.

For more details on the presentation, click here.