By Paul BelloOctober 1, 2009
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Fort Belvoir's Residential Communities Initiative program recently received its 26th award since beginning its program at the installation.
According to Casey Nolan, project director for Clark Realty Capital, LLC, Park Village has been acknowledged with a Building with Trees award from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of Home Builders.
Nolan said it was the project team's third environmental award. The previous awards were for overall design, green building and stewardship.
"This particular project alone saved 76 trees and that's quite an accomplishment," Nolan said. "To my knowledge, we have the most awards for any RCI project out there. That's something to be proud of and it just goes to show Belvoir's role as a leader in providing sustainable communities for its residents."
Nolan said the project team was challenged to restore two historic homes to meet the needs of modern military families, while creating minimal impact to the surrounding woods. After stripping down the 2,200 square foot homes to their original wood frames, the project team restored the homes and built additions without disturbing any of the surrounding trees, Nolan said.