Rockville Metro Plaza II
Rockville, MD
CLIENT
Foulger-Pratt / Choice Hotels | Photos © Ron Solomon
STATUS
Completed March 2013
LEED
Pre-Certified LEED-CS Platinum
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190,907-sf Class-A office building with 13,670-sf of first floor retail. Parking for 298 vehicles in an additional 116,615-sf on surface and 3 levels below-grade.

Description

Rockville Metro Plaza II (RMPII) is a critical component of the master-planned transit-oriented development in downtown Rockville, Maryland. Part of a three-building, mixed-used development, it is strategically located at the WMATA Rockville Metro station. Choice Hotels International selected RMPII as its new headquarters building with sustainability in mind. The project exemplifies the benefits of smart growth; environmentally astute design is paired with transit-oriented planning. The site is organized to provide several paths to the Metro station and local bus lines, facilitating easy use of public transportation.

The building is an elegant, modern expression of limestone textured precast concrete and subtly reflective grey glass. Rectangular in form, an arc cut out of the northeast corner mirrors its sister building, Rockville Metro Plaza I (RMPI). The design creates a semi-circular plaza between the buildings. The skyline atop the curtain wall is animated by a terrace at the top floor and a curved cornice feature. Below, the base is expressed as a two-story loggia of granite and articulated precast concrete. Decorative art panels at second-story spandrels add formality. It houses an expansive entry lobby, street front retail, and two discreetly positioned parking levels. Clad in dark wood panels, the lobby’s natural stone floor and bank of large storefront windows provide brightness and balance.

RMPII was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Its high-performance attributes include energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity; together, these components ensure the building functions optimally and efficiently as a whole.

RMPII and RMPI were designed in 1997 – prior to the inception of the USGBC LEED program – as connected mirror images. RMPI, the first component of the dual phase program, was built immediately following design and was therefore built prior to the inception of LEED. Completed in 2013, RMPII was constructed as a LEED Platinum twin of a non LEED-certified building. This presented an intense technical challenge. Achieving Platinum certification demanded that all building documentation and materials be adjusted to meet LEED standards without changing the existing exterior design or appearance.

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