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Last October, our Pike & Rose project was named 2019’s Best Sustainable Project at the NAIOP DC|MD’s Awards of Excellence. Read on to learn more about what makes Pike & Rose a sustainable community. 

Built on the site of a former strip mall and parking lot, Pike & Rose is entitled for 3.4 million square feet of mixed-use development in North Bethesda, MD. Upon full buildout, the project will consist of 450,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, more than one million square feet of office space, 1,500 residential units, and 250,000 square feet of hotel space on a 24-acre site that is within walking distance of the White Flint Metro station.

Since the neighborhood’s inception and through stakeholder collaboration, the team behind Pike & Rose recognized the local community’s need for a walkable, sustainable place to live, work and play. Today, Pike & Rose is a vibrant, transit-oriented neighborhood that exemplifies the value sustainable development can bring to a project and how it can positively impact the lives of the community it serves.

LEED for Neighborhood Development

Achieving the award in November 2018, Pike & Rose is one of only four LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Stage 3 Gold-certified projects in the U.S. and only five worldwide. In addition, the project is one of only a few in the world to achieve LEED certifications at 100% of its buildings.


Renewable Energy

The canopy on top of the Trade Street garage not only provides covered parking, but it provides a sustainable source of energy. The 855-panel solar array produces 350,000 kWh of electricity annually—enough to power 42 homes for a full year.

Water Conservation

Using native plants, green roofs, and sustainable irrigation methods throughout the property, the landscaping at Pike & Rose is designed to reduce potable water consumption by 96% versus typical commercial landscaping. For example, the property uses an innovative technology called Silva Cells, an underground bioretention system that utilizes the proven capacity of soils for stormwater management and healthy tree growth.

Roof to Table 

The neighborhood is home to the Mid-Atlantic’s largest rooftop farm, a 17,000-square foot farm above a residential building producing 20,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables that are then sold as part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership, directly to neighborhood restaurants, and donated to local food bank Manna Food Center. Additionally, the neighborhood supports local food production through a farmers market.

Sustainable Transit

There are 21 electric vehicle charging stations located throughout Pike & Rose. Additional chargers will be added to existing parking facilities and a new garage currently under construction. This will bring the total number of EVSE to over 50 by the end of 2020. To further promote environmentally friendly modes of transport, the project features bike sharing stations and bike parking on site. In addition, visitors have their choice of a variety of transportation options – from the Metro just across the street to the several bus lines that stop at the property.

Community Wellness

Several features at Pike & Rose contribute to the health and wellness of the community. Notably, the site is designed to be pedestrian-friendly—wider sidewalks and tree-lined streets reduce the heat island effect and create a pleasant atmosphere for visitors. In addition, biophilic design features connect visitors to nature and public gathering spaces, such as Rose Park and The Beach at Pike & Rose, where outdoor fitness classes and community events are held, promoting healthy lifestyles and social engagement.

Green Construction & Operations

As part of a comprehensive effort to reduce waste and recycle material during construction, concrete from the buildings of Mid-Pike Plaza, the shopping center that stood where Pike & Rose is today, was crushed and repurposed as road base material for the roads within the project. Other environmentally friendly measures were adopted during construction, including proper storage of absorbable materials; preplacement of air filters prior to occupancy to protect indoor air quality; and the use of low-emitting adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and flooring materials. In addition, green cleaning policies and sustainable pest management for all controlled areas have been implemented.