Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.'s Office

WSSI's LID and LEED Sustainability Brochure

WSSI's LID and LEED Sustainability Brochure

In 2005, we built our headquarters in Gainesville -- Virginia's first Gold-certified building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Our goal was to incorporate innovative design and sustainability practices into a showcase office building and grounds that supports our work and stewardship ideals.  Our design includes a variety of low impact development (LID) stormwater management techniques, solar energy, water-efficiency and energy-efficiency measures, and recycled and rapidly renewable materials, along with landscaping and a rain garden that support wildlife. WSSI staff have walkable access to restaurants, stores and housing (and our office bicycles to use); our community fruit and vegetable garden; and our dog kennel.

Our fully-integrated LID design uses detention, retention, and evapotranspiration to reduce storm water volumes and peak flow rates. In contrast, a "traditional" site would utilize curb and gutter practices to remove storm water as quickly as possible with no provision for reducing the volume that is discharged. WSSI’s LID design employs a myriad of small-scale Integrated Management Practices to closely mimic the hydrology of a forested site. Our design components include a green roof, an indoor cistern (used to flush toilets), an underground outdoor cistern (used for irrigation), a rain garden, four types of pervious parking surfaces, a bioswale, and extensive native landscaping.  See the aerial photo below for the location of many of the practices.

Click here and below for details on all of our LID practices