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Fire Station 12 receives ‘green’ endorsement

Henrico County’s Fire Station 12 recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of extensive energy-saving measures incorporated into its renovation and expansion.

The fire station is Henrico’s second general government facility to receive LEED certification and the first to be recognized at the Gold level — the second highest possible — under a policy backed by the Board of Supervisors in January 2010.

The fire station reopened in July 2011 following a $1.86 million renovation and expansion. The project satisfied LEED standards by reusing an existing building; recycling more than 30 tons of wood, brick, metal and other materials; and incorporating other energy-saving features. Those include low flow toilets and sinks, high-efficiency washing machines and a hybrid heating and air-conditioning system that minimizes energy use. The fire station also has high-efficiency windows and skylights that provide ample natural light and a white roof that reflects heat to reduce cooling costs.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, establishes a benchmark for the design, construction and operation of “green” buildings. It balances some increased costs for design and construction against greater long-term savings from more efficient use of water and energy and other benefits, such as improved air quality.

Fire Station 12, at 3808 West End Drive, first opened in 1974. Its renovation and expansion increased the building’s size from 6,700 to 10,550 square feet and provided an extended two-bay drive-through garage that accommodates a ladder truck, engine, ambulance and vehicle for the emergency medical services battalion chief. The fire station also has a shop and storage room and is equipped with an emergency generator capable of powering the station for three days without refueling.

The fire station is the second Henrico general government building to qualify for LEED certification. In May, the Glen Allen Branch Library was recognized at the Silver level. Henrico is pursuing LEED certification for other buildings, including the renovated Gayton Branch Library on Gayton Road and the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on North Laburnum Avenue.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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