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MGAC Celebrates Opening of First Net-Zero Recreation Center in Washington, DC


The Washington, DC Department of General Services (DGS) is enhancing its portfolio by adopting Net-Zero Energy (NZE) building designs for its upcoming projects. The application of NZE design principles ensures that a facility’s total energy consumption over the course of a year equals the amount of renewable energy generated on-site, resulting in a low Energy Use Intensity (EUI) score. Embracing this NZE design philosophy not only contributes to a significant reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions during operations compared to non-NZE buildings, but also aligns with the District’s goals of achieving carbon neutrality and building resilience to climate challenges.

To date, four DGS projects, including Benjamin Banneker High School, John Lewis Elementary School, Raymond Elementary School, and Stead Park Recreation Center, have successfully achieved NZE status. MGAC has been privileged to have provided project management or cost management services on each of these projects.

MGAC’s Mike Etherton (center) at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stead Park Recreation Center.

Yesterday marked a significant milestone as Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with District leaders and community members, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Stead Park Recreation Center. This facility stands as the District’s inaugural Net-Zero Ready recreation center. Boasting a range of amenities such as a new fitness center, multipurpose rooms, a demonstration kitchen, a basketball court, a playground, and a spray park, the Stead Park Recreation Center is a testament to our capital’s commitment to sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Among the attendees, MGAC’s Mike Etherton had the honor of cutting the ribbon alongside the mayor and other leaders.

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