The Nationals’ new home
With much fanfare, the Washington Nationals moved into their new home stadium near the Anacostia River, just in time for the 2008 baseball season. The seating decks at Nationals Park are configured to offer views of some of Washington’s greatest landmarks, including the Capitol (above). A joint venture between HOK and Washington-based Devrouax-Purnell Architects and built by Clark/Hunt/Smoot, the 41,000-seat stadium is the first in the country to receive LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The stadium’s use of recycled materials, water-saving plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and safeguards to protect the nearby river make it the most sustainable ballpark in the country. It even has a 6,300-square-foot green roof above the concession area to collect rainwater and minimize heat gain. State-of-the-art technology delivers a compelling and engaging game-watching experience for baseball-starved fans in the nation’s capital.