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Bean, Kinney & Korman Plays Significant Role in Introducing Arlington's First LEED Gold Residential Building

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April 27, 2009

Arlington, VA - Bean, Kinney & Korman has provided zoning and land use counsel for the plan approval of Arlington’s first LEED Gold residential building to be located at 2009 14th St. North.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. This 16-story building will include 254 rental units, ground floor retail and office space. Also instrumental in obtaining approval of the project were the architectural firm Lessard Group, the engineering firm Greenhorne & O’Mara, and the landscape architectural firm of ParkerRodriguez.

“Our clients’ projects are becoming ever more sophisticated as people incorporate innovative green practices into their planning,” said Jonathan Kinney, shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman. “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to assist with this project and we continually seek ways to increase our knowledge and experience in the LEED certification process to be able to provide the most informed guidance to our clients.”

Having nearly half of all of Virginia’s LEED-accredited attorneys encompassing a diverse number of practice areas, Bean Kinney now leads the D.C. metro region with the most LEED accredited attorneys in one law firm.

“The developer, Erkiletian, has long-standing practices that are responsible and forward thinking, and pride themselves in setting the standard in everything they do,” Jon said. “In this instance, they have again set the bar by designing the first LEED Gold residential building in Arlington County.”

The LEED Gold building will replace the existing seven-story building and adjoining two-level parking garage currently at that address. It will include key features such as a 26,145-square foot ground floor plaza above a three-level parking garage, and an expansive view of the national monuments in Washington, DC. The developer earned a density bonus for the building’s USGBC Gold rating through Arlington County’s density incentive policy.

Bean Kinney’s role in the plan approval was led by Jonathan Kinney and Tad Lunger. Jon and Tad have more than 35 years of combined experience in land-use and planning, zoning, real estate, construction, development and local government matters. Both are LEED Accredited Professionals with knowledge of the law as it relates to the design, construction and operation of green buildings.