Greencourt Innovation Center
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PROJECT Greencourt Innovation Center
LOCATION Rockville, Maryland, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 6/1/2017
ARCHITECT McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT Greencourt, LLC
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Meridian Construction Co. Inc. / Gerry Nowak
PHOTOGRAPHER Julia Heine
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Mark McInturff FAIA, Peter Noonan AIA, David Mogensen AIA
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The Greencourt Innovation Center is intended to be a catalyst in the redevelopment of an existing warehouse district in Rockville Maryland, guided by Montgomery County’s Twinbrook Sector Plan, which identifies the area as a new technology hub for the County.
Three existing warehouses built sequentially in the 1960’s have been modified and added to, creating an environment for innovation in technology.
The site is a through-block parcel, fronting on two streets, and drops in elevation across the site by one full story, from a courtyard and lobby on the east side to the larger court and lobby on the west side. A slot through the building connects both lobbies, and open vertical circulation further supports interaction among the building's tenants.
The existing masonry and precast concrete structures have been retained, revealed and highlighted, and supplemented with a new exposed steel-framed third floor.
On this new top floor level, bridges over both courtyards facilitate circulation around the entire perimeter. The larger of the two bridges creates an ample exterior porch to accommodate receptions and events.
Within the larger lobby, the elevator, a major stair and two suspended conference rooms energize the space with visible activity.
The project has received LEED for Core & Shell v2009 GOLD certification. Key sustainable features include the significant reuse of existing structures, the walkability to nearby metro and alternate transportation measures, optimized energy performance, and a 20,000 sq ft vegetated roof.
In its role as a catalyst for the redeveloping neighborhood, the building strikes a balance between recalling the past of the warehouse district and looking forward to a new future of technology and innovation.
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IMAGE 1 Thumbnail Greencourt Julia Heine
IMAGE 2 Greencourt High res ext Wilkins Street Lobby Julia Heine
IMAGE 3 Greencourt High res interior larger lobby Juiia Heine
IMAGE 4 Greencourt window wall Julia Heine
IMAGE 5 04 Greencourt Stair Elevator Julia Heine
IMAGE 6 5 Greencourt Conference Room Julia Heine
IMAGE 7 6 Greencourt Parklawn lobby Julia Heine