Studio 3807, a mixed-use development including 147 apartments, 6,300 square feet of retail space and 3,000 square feet of artist studio space in Brentwood, MD, has been designed and constructed to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard, one of the highest LEED standards available.
“We are very proud to have designed and built an apartment community which will fit aesthetically into the Gateway Arts District and incorporate so many sustainable materials and positive environmental practices to serve as a model for future developments,” said Landex Development CEO, Peter Siegel.
The new apartment building employs energy efficient solar photovoltaic panels to power the building, white roofing membrane (which will also act as reflectors to eliminate “heat islands”), LED lighting in all apartments, common areas, artist studios and retail areas, and pipe insulation that will improve hot water efficiency by minimizing heat loss.
Studio 3807’s construction design serves to minimize heat transfer and keep apartments cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Additionally, an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) system will reduce the level of power required to heat and cool the fresh air supplied to every apartment, resulting in savings for each resident.
Minimizing construction waste and diverting more than 75% of construction and demolition materials from landfills further reduced the environmental impact of the construction process.
Use of low or zero VOC paints and coatings and other low emitting products, like adhesives and binders for cabinets and other particle board or composite construction items will provide a cleaner environment for residents. Further environmental procedures included the use of recycled content wherever possible for construction materials.
A proud sponsor of the Hyattsville Annual Electric Vehicle Car Show last month, Studio 3807 continues its commitment to lessening environmental impacts by providing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and encouraging residents to take advantage of the local bike share opportunities. “We want to make sure that we provide our residents and neighbors with as many options as possible when it comes to transportation,” said Seigel. “We are committed to being an active member of the Gateway Arts District and want to help promote environmentally friendly living options.” Additional transit options include participation in a Bike Share program and Zip Cars which are available to residents.
Most recently, Studio 3807 celebrated the installation of a sculptural bus shelter which was sponsored by Landex Development, developer of the community. The shelter, which was constructed by Kyle Miller and Tim Scofield, was selected by a juried panel from 9 entries. The selection of this work was partly predicated on local community input and the ease of access of its design. The winning sculptural bus shelter is a powerful testament to the artistic vibe of the neighborhood and Studio 3807’s continued dedication to supporting the arts in unique and distinctive ways.
The sculptural bus shelter was fabricated by Chris Sherman of Bladensburg, MD and a portion was provided by the Prince Georges County Arts and Humanities Council.