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4401 Connecticut Avenue

LEED Gold certified

AU's First LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors

American University's location at 4401 Connecticut Avenue was originally constructed in 1988. American University acquired the building in 2011 and remodeled and renovated the space. WAMU, the national public radio station, broadcasts from American University and occupies the first through third floors, a portion of the fourth floor, and the lower (terrace) level; approximately 40,000 square feet. The upper three floors are occupied by AU departments, including University Communications & Marketing.

All spaces were included in the LEED certification except for a vacant portion of the fourth floor. The offices at 4401 Connecticut Ave are American University's first LEED Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors project. LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) addresses the specifics of tenant spaces and sets performance standards that promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in the design and construction of tenant spaces. 4401 Connecticut Avenue received an Honorable Mention for the US Green Building Council's - National Capital Region's 2017 Innovative Project of the Year, Interior Design award.

Learn more about 4401 Connecticut Avenue's LEED features in the case study.

Green Features

  • Water efficient lavatory fixtures, water closets, and urinals resulting in 50% less water consumption than a standard building.

  • Over 25% of the furniture and carpet contain recycled content, resulting in a reduced environmental impact of building construction.

  • 93% of the eligible appliances in 4401 Connecticut Avenue are ENERGY STAR certified.

  • The lighting features installed allowed for a 26% lighting power reduction compared to a standard building.

  • 4401 Connecticut Avenue earned the development density credit because the building is located in an established, walkable community with a minimum density of 60,000 square feet per acre net.

  • Bicycle racks are located outside the building and in the garage, and shower/changing facilities are available for bike commuters.

  • 4401 Connecticut Avenue received points for its close proximity to public transportation, including bus and metro.

After the building's remodel, 90 percent

of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.