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CODE (Center of Developing Entrepreneurs) Building

Encouraging Innovation, Fostering Growth

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The CODE (Center of Developing Entrepreneurs) building is iconic—located on the west end of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. It consists of Class A office space, co-working amenities, an auditorium, retail spaces, a green roof outdoor space and below-grade parking. The project also has a central courtyard area with public access and an amphitheater component for outdoor events.

The building is a concrete frame with a mat foundation system, and is step up from the main entry on the downtown mall of Charlottesville to the North with successive green roof terraces to its highest level parallel to Water Street. The project is seeking LEED Platinum certification.

Project Partners

Our partners who make it all possible:

  • Owner: CSH Development LLC
  • Architects: Wolf Ackerman with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Civil Engineer: Timmons Group
  • Structural Engineer: Fox & Associates
  • MEP Engineer: 2RW Consultants
  • Landscape Architect: Greg Bleam Landscape Architect


The CODE building stands as a testament to sustainable innovation, seamlessly blending eco-conscious design with efficiency and user well-being.

CODE achieved LEED v4 Platinum for Core and Shell. LEED Platinum is the highest level of certification awarded by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, signifying an exceptional commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible building practices, which is crucial for minimizing environmental impact and promoting long-term ecological balance.




CODE: A Case Study in Green Building

Written by: Mike Castle

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