This past September, 1 Country View Road achieved LEED Gold certification under the LEED 2009 for Core & Shell Development Rating System. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Rating System is the internationally-accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

1 Country View Road is a 2-story, Class A commercial office building located in an existing office campus in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The 56,000 square foot building is owned and operated by Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment trust which owns commercial office and industrial space throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Liberty Property Trust made the commitment to pursue minimum LEED Silver certification and The Sheward Partnership was brought onboard as the LEED and Sustainability Consultant. Here are some quick facts about what we accomplished!

  • 41% estimated potable water savings per year
  •  21% estimated energy cost savings when compared to a conventional office building
  •  22% of building materials contain high levels of recycled content
  • 21% of building materials were extracted and manufactured locally
  •  100% of adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, carpet, and composite wood are low-emitting products with reduced impact on indoor air quality

In order to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Project Team targeted the following three objectives.

      1. Material Reuse
        1 Country View Road was originally built in the 1970s. The existing building was demolished to the existing structural system. Over 83% of demolition and construction waste was diverted from disposal in a landfill or incinerator. 89% of the existing structural elements were maintained and reused on-site, thereby reducing the amount of waste entering landfills. Reusing existing materials on-site also eliminates the need to harvest virgin materials and the associated manufacturing and transportation impacts.
      2. Daylighting and Energy Efficiency
        The existing building from the 1970’s did not meet current energy standards. The major renovation included new building envelope, interior and exterior lighting, and MEP systems. One of the major goals of the project was to include full-height glazing for ample daylighting and access to views of the surrounding landscape. In order to balance daylighting benefits with energy targets, the Project Team selected high-performance glazing and framing systems. In total, the project anticipates 21% energy cost savings when compared to a code compliant baseline. Other energy efficiency strategies incorporated on the project were improved insulation in walls and roofing, LED lighting, and high-performance heating and cooling systems.
      3. Sustainable Sites
        Select areas of the existing site were upgraded as part of the project; for example, new LED exterior lighting, native landscaping, and stormwater management controls. Liberty Property Trust did not install a permanent irrigation system, thereby reducing outdoor water use. Native plantings were installed that can flourish with the local rainfall expected for the Malvern region. The site includes several rain gardens that collect and infiltrate stormwater volumes on-site.

Liberty Property Trust is dedicated to high-performance office environments that significantly reduce consumption of energy, water, and natural resources. They made the commitment to track their energy performance using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager, which records utility consumption and establishes a benchmark for continuous improvement. The Sheward Partnership is proud to partner with such a forward-thinking company in order to make their office portfolio sustainable and successful into the future.

Project Team
Owner: Liberty Property Trust:
Architect: D2CA Architects, LLC
MEP Engineer: Bala Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Nave Newell, Inc.
Commissioning Agent: Brooks+Wright Commissioning
Construction Manager: Penntex Construction Company, Inc.