The American Geophysical Union (AGU) approached MGAC to lead one of the most innovative projects in Washington, DC’s history—the first Net Zero energy renovation of a commercial office building in the city.
As the first firm engaged in the project, MGAC advised AGU leadership through the critical RFP and selection processes to bring the right architecture, engineering, and construction partners on board. Since then, we have led a highly collaborative design process; navigated approvals from the AGU Board, local Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and Historic Preservation Review Board; and earned the enthusiastic support of District of Columbia government officials. Specific high-performance design strategies include rooftop photovoltaic panels, a municipal sewer heat exchange system, hydroponic phytoremediation, rainwater harvesting cisterns, low flow plumbing, a radiant cooling system, and an enhanced building envelope.
It’s been over 20 years since the original five-story headquarters building was completed, but its future is as bright as ever—finding new life as a modern workplace, engaged member of the community, and inspirational embodiment of AGU’s mission to “advance science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.”