VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Construction crews began work on the new environmental center at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach this week.
Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Brock Environmental Center should be finished by next year. It will use solar and wind power to generate electricity, geo-thermal wells for heating, and cisterns to catch rain water.
When it's complete, the organization says it will be the greenest, most sustainable building in Virginia, and among the greenest structures in the world.
"This wonderful piece of land, it's so wonderful. It's protected because it was slated for very dense development, and now with the cooperation of Virginia Beach, it's going to be preserved forever and be completely environmentally friendly," said Macon Brock, a supporter.
Last year, the City of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation obtained the land near the Lynnhaven Inlet to keep it from being developed.
The Brock Environmental Center will house CBF's Hampton Roads staff and that of Lynnhaven River NOW and serve as a community meeting and training space. It will also be home to CBF's award-winning environmental education programs in Hampton Roads and serve as a national model for sustainable building, conservation, and restoration.
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