RICHMOND, VA – CarMax, Inc. has announced that its home office in Richmond, Virginia has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is USGBC's system for designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings. Construction on the CarMax home office was complete in 2005.

CarMax's 250,000-square-foot home office building is located on 130 acres of land in Goochland County, just outside of Richmond, Va., in the West Creek Industrial Office Park. Environmental features include the preservation of the trees, wetlands, and natural areas; the natural enhancement of daylight inside the building; and the use of recycled materials.

The CarMax home office includes office space for approximately 900 associates, a cafeteria and dining area, and training and meeting rooms. In addition to the main office building, the site features a fitness center, a multi-purpose basketball court, nearly two miles of walking trails, and a parking garage.

CarMax and its new home office have been recognized with several green design awards including:

  • The 2006 Virginia Green Innovation Award for Best Commercial Project from the Virginia Sustainable Building Network.

  • The 2005 Go Green Award of Merit from the James River Green Building Council.

  • The 2005 Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Award for Best Green Building from the Charlottesville Waldorf Foundation.

    The companies credited with the CarMax home office building project are ADD Inc, Cambridge, Mass., master planning, architecture and interior design; Millennium Retail Partners, LLC, Richmond, Va., owner representative; Brookwood Program Management, Atlanta, Ga., construction manager; KBS, Inc., Richmond, Va., contractor; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Richmond, Va. and Boston, Mass., landscape architect and civil engineer; AHA Consulting Engineers, Lexington, Mass., MEP/FP engineer; and McNamara/Salvia, Inc., Boston, Mass., structural engineer.