Cindy Powers, Michael Belisle, and Catriona Fraser on the PeriPoint rooftop with a view of the Bethesda cityscape.

Cindy Powers, Michael Belisle, and Catriona Fraser on the PeriPoint rooftop with a view of the Bethesda cityscape looking out Old Georgetown Road.

Bethesda Green enjoyed a tour of PeriPoint yesterday.  That’s the unique, new building at the corner of Wilson Lane and Old Georgetown Road, designed by architect Michael Belisle, that replaced the old vacuum repair shop.

Bethesda Green Environmental Program Coordinator Cindy Powers and I met Michael and his wife, Elyse Harrison, Founder of Gallery Neptune, housed on the second floor of PeriPoint.  Joining us was Catriona Fraser, Director of Fraser Gallery, which will soon be exhibiting examples of what I call eco-art, featuring pieces created from discarded materials.

A visionary restaurant owner wanting a prominent location in a featured green space, should consider the PeriPoint first-floor vacancy.  The building’s green features include:

  • a reduced energy system for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems
  • pavers and perimeters on the sidewalk terrace to reduce storm water run-off
  • partial green roof on the upper rooftop garden
  • bike racks and showers to encourage walking and biking to work
  • maximum daylight lighting with operable windows
  • louvered solar screens, designed to block sunlight during hot summer months
  • renewable building materials, including recycled material content, recycled demolished building parts, and avoiding any non-renewable materials
  • highly efficient energy recovery ventilator for exhausting stale air from the building and drawing fresh air in to replace it
  • circular, exterior stair takes up less room than a normal staircase; does not have to be cooled, heated or continuously lit, saving money on energy costs
  • non-hydraulic KONE elevator uses 20% of the energy of a typical elevator.

Thanks to Michael for the tour of his building.  Gallery Neptune is currently exhibiting Emily Piccirillo, “Into the Open,” until February 28, with an Artist’s Talk scheduled Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m.