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For immediate release: November 10, 2015

Who: The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)

Where: 45 Horner Street, Warrenton

  • 11/20/15: Ribbon Cutting at 3pm
  • 12/11/15: Open House from 10:30am-7pm

What: PEC is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for their newly renovated and expanded headquarters office.

PEC’s office has been in Warrenton since 1972. In 2014, after considering a move to a new location in town or elsewhere in the county, PEC chose the more sustainable option to expand its existing headquarters on Horner Street. This addition allows all of PEC’s Warrenton staff to be under the same roof for the first time in almost ten years. The decision to stay in town is also a major investment in the continued revitalization of Old Town Warrenton.

“PEC is excited to keep our staff within walking distance of town, county and state offices, as well as restaurants, stores and services on Main Street,” said PEC President Chris Miller. “We love being part of Warrenton and joining with other businesses that have contributed to making it one of the best small towns in America.”

The office building’s improvements include the reuse of the existing structure, a high performance building envelope, locally-available and formaldehyde-free materials, recycled-content materials, low-VOC paints, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, and a geothermal heating system. In addition, PEC is in the planning process to install solar panels.

The renovation also includes native flowers, shrubs and trees around the office. John Magee, a PEC Board member and landscape architect, designed the landscape plan for the property. A significant portion of the plants were donated by another PEC board member, Mark Ohrstrom. So far, dogwood, oak trees, boxwood bushes and other natives have been planted, including a pollinator garden installed by Hill House Farm and Nursery. To reduce stormwater run off, the gutters and drains feed to swales and rain gardens.

“We want our landscape to be a demonstration of how native plants can be used in an urban setting in a useful and attractive way,” said Doug Larson, PEC Vice President.

Great care was taken to maintain the integrity and appearance of the historic section of the house, which was initially constructed in 1784, and once owned by Civil War Cavalry Commander John Mosby. The existing pine floors in the original house were refinished and the original exterior siding re-painted. Since the new construction is below the roof line of the original building, only the original 18th-century structure is visible from the sidewalk directly in front of the building. This type of design was planned so the office would compliment the historic appearance of Old Town Warrenton.

Bowie Gridley Architects was selected as the architectural firm for PEC’s office building. Principal Cal Bowie, a resident of Fauquier County, donated a portion of his time to oversee the project.

 
 
 

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