Built on the site of a former strip mall and parking lot, the Pike & Rose project is entitled for 3.4 million square foot transit-oriented, mixed-use development in North Bethesda, MD. Upon full buildout, Pike & Rose consists of 450,000 square feet of ground floor retail, more than one million square feet of office space, 1500 residential units, and 250,000 square feet of hotel space on a 24-acre site that is walking distance to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Red line.

Formerly anchored by Toys R Us under the name Mid-Pike Plaza, Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) purchased the shopping center property in the eighties. Plans were underway for a major redevelop in the early two-thousands.

The rebranding of the site was inspired by two boundary roads, Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway, which paved the way for the innovative, forward thinking neighborhood that is now Pike & Rose.

The project was among the first to break ground as part of Montgomery County, Maryland’s White Flint Sector Plan. Located in the heart of the Pike District (formerly White Flint), the neighborhood was designed by Streetworks, in partnership with WDG Architecture and Design Collective.

When the project kicked off, the goal was set at LEED ND Certified with a stretch goal of achieving Silver. FRIT’s priorities to create a walkable, sustainable community fit naturally with the LEED ND program. Because of FRIT and the extended team’s commitment to sustainable practices, the project was able to exceed its stretch goal and achieve LEED ND at the Gold level.

In addition to being the first U.S. REIT to achieve LEED ND Stage 3 Gold certification, this project is one of the few in the world that has certified every building. While this achievement illustrates the high aspiration of the project, it also demonstrates the extraordinary value that sustainability, back-checked by certification, brings to FRIT and the Pike & Rose development.

Paladino Approach

Paladino was engaged to support the sustainability strategies to meet the goal of at least LEED Certified for all office buildings, and at least LEED Certified Neighborhood Development for the development overall.

Design emphasized creating a walkable community that offered spaces to live, work, and play. The location is close to public transportation and diverse employment opportunities.

Strong community outreach and involvement influenced the design results including affordable dwelling units and access to public parks. The neighborhood also supports local food production through a farmers market and a rooftop farm. The neighborhood is home to the Mid-Atlantic’s largest rooftop farm, a 17,000- square foot farm above a residential building which produces 20,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables that are sold as part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership, directly to neighborhood restaurants and donated to Manna Food Center, the local food bank.

The farm is ideal for Pike & Rose — or any project with a green roof for that matter — because the buildings are LEED certified and the stormwater infrastructure necessary for green roofs lends itself well to a conversion to urban farming. The rooftop farm fits in with FRIT’s larger goal, which is to integrate its buildings into the local community.

The tree-lined streets reduce the heat island effect and create a pleasant atmosphere for tenants and visitors.

Paladino also acted as commissioning authority, and oversaw commissioning of HVAC, plumbing, and lighting and lighting controls. The Pike & Rose Garage offers EV charging stations and produces 350,875 kWh per year through rooftop solar panels.

FRIT believes solar power is a key component of the U.S. energy future, as evidenced by the twenty-three previous solar installations they own at properties around the country. They knew from the start they wanted to showcase the positive impact of solar power, so FRIT installed an impressive 855-panel solar array on the parking garage’s roof.

As of publishing this case study, Pike & Rose is one of only two LEED ND Stage 3 certified project owned and developed by a U.S. REIT and one of only 10 LEED ND Stage 3-certified projects in the U.S. as well as only 18 worldwide. The LEED ND Gold certification was achieved in November 2018. Paladino is also managing the LEED certification efforts for Block 3b.

“Earning this important certification demonstrates Federal Realty’s commitment to improving performance and creating a more resilient and sustainable future by minimizing our environmental footprint through energy and resource-efficient buildings,” said Ronald J. Becker, CRX, CSM, Vice President National Operations & Sustainability. “As leaders in the industry, we believe we have a responsibility and an opportunity to positively impact our communities, employees, investors, tenants and the environment, which are all critical components to long-term success.”

Pike & Rose was awarded USGBC’s Innovative Project of the Year: Neighborhood Development and NAIOP DC | MD Chapter’s Award of Excellence: Best Sustainable Project in 2019..