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BIG’s 1200 Intrepid at the Navy Yard earns LEED Gold certification

It’s the starchitect’s first office building

The recent completion of 1200 Intrepid at the Navy Yard marks a couple of “firsts”: It’s the first office building designed by starchitect Bjarke Ingels, for one. It’s also the firm’s first Philly-based project. And now, it’s officially the firm’s first LEED Gold-certified building.

But it’s not the first green-friendly building at Navy Yard. All new builds at the campus are encouraged to seek a minimum of LEED Silver, making the Navy Yard one of the most densely populated collections of privately-owned LEED-certified buildings in the region.

BIG’s announcement yesterday highlighting the completion of 1200 Intrepid noted that the building earned its LEED Gold certification in September. “Its precast concrete panels helped reach this goal by enhancing energy efficiency through their dense mass,” the statement read. The materials used for the building were locally sourced and recycled as well.

Earlier this year, Ingels accepted the Louis I. Kahn award in Philadelphia and spoke about the building’s design: “The white prefabricated concrete panels are sort of like the bracelets of a watch, and they tilt so that it creates a graceful, organic space and inviting cavelike canopy."

Another building highlight is in the lobby, where BIG designed a periscope that offers views of the maritime ships docked outside.

In the announcement, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner at BIG, added, “Our commission involved creating a speculative office building, for which no tenants were committed. The key challenge here was to create a reason for tenants to be here with the constraint of a stringent budget.”

The cost of construction about $375 per square foot, Liberty Property Trust told the Inky’s Inga Saffron last June, when the project was finishing up. 1200 Intrepid broke ground in June 2015.

The first tenants to sign onto 1200 Intrepid, Penn Capital Management Company, Inc., moved into the 26,000-square-foot space on the top floor in September. Liberty Property Trust is still looking to lease the rest of the 66,000-square-foot available space.