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Holman, Glen Allen earn LEED certification

Glen Allen High School
Henrico County's two newest schools – Glen Allen High School and Holman Middle School – recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

Glen Allen High School achieved LEED certification at the gold level. The school features an abundance of natural light, and through efficiency considerations in the building’s roof and wall construction, lighting systems and mechanical system, it is modeled to require 28 percent less energy than a minimally code-compliant design. A 50,000-gallon cistern collects storm water from the roof, which is reused for flushing. This cistern, combined with low-plumbing fixtures, results in an 80 percent water use reduction versus a school using standard plumbing systems.

“HCPS and Moseley Architects had a vision for Glen Allen to become a LEED certified school and we continually worked toward this goal,” said Tracie Weston, the principal at Glen Allen. “The entire Glen Allen learning community celebrates this achievement and we are proud to be an environmentally friendly school.”
Glen Allen High School

Holman Middle School received certification at the silver level and features efficient mechanical equipment and high-performance lighting systems, which are estimated to reduce the facility’s energy use by 30 percent (compared to a minimally code-compliant baseline design) as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures that reduce water use by approximately 40 percent compared to standard fixtures.

“We are honored to be the first LEED certified middle school in the county,” said Holman Middle School Principal Brian Fellows.

Two more “green” schools in Henrico County will join Glen Allen High School and Holman Middle School. The school system currently has two LEED registered projects, a West Area Elementary School and an East Area High School. These projects will also pursue LEED throughout the design and construction process.

“(LEED certification) is an incredible accomplishment,” said Jim McCalla, vice president of Moseley Architects, the design firm hired to build the schools. “There has really been a shift in the K-12 world toward higher building standards.”


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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