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The Entertainment & Sports Arena has achieved LEED Gold certification. The project features green roof areas, onsite stormwater retention systems, and energy-efficient systems. Additionally, the project has a powerful community outreach and engagement story. Events DC developed a CBA in partnership with neighboring residents that supports educational resources for youth, creates local business opportunities, and provides community enrichment activities. Touted by D.C. officials as “bigger than basketball” the project was estimated to generate 300 permanent and 600 construction jobs, and is part of an ongoing redevelopment that will transform the 180-acre St. Elizabeths campus into a thriving mixed-use community. Additional features that contributed to the certification include access to public transportation, a dedicated area for collection and storage of recyclable materials, use of materials with recycled content, and use of regional materials. Points for innovation in design, community outreach, and involvement were also instrumental in the award.
The project has achieved numerous accolades to date, including selection as DCBIA’s 2019 Community Impact Award, Washington Business Journal’s 2018 Game Changer Award, and one of Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2018.
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