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21 July 2016

LEED Silver Nationals Park Is a Model for Sustainable Sports Venues

Nationals Park_Credit HOK

HOK’s Anica Landreneau and Susan Klumpp Williams discuss the benefits of designing and building a sports stadium to LEED standards.

“Residents of D.C. love their Washington Nationals. Since 2008, when the LEED Silver Nationals Park stadium opened and brought major-league baseball back to the District, fans have packed the stands for that most American of all sports. Located in Southeast near the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, the 41,546-seat stadium was the first professional sports venue in the nation to gain LEED certification.”

Susan Klumpp Williams, LEED AP, BD+C, a principal at HOK, was the project manager for the joint venture of HOK, Populous and Devrouax & Purnell that designed the stadium. Anica Landreneau, also LEED AP, BD+C, also worked on the project with Susan—both as the LEED administrators. They faced some unique challenges with the first sports facility built to LEED standards, but made choices that have raised the bar for stadiums of the 21st century.”