Architect of the Capitol
Energy and Sustainability

EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc.


Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC developed the Existing Buildings Sustainability Guidelines and Resource Guide, a 200-page resource developed for AOC managers, designers, engineers, and procurement and maintenance personnel to navigate the AOC’s sustainability goals.


The firm's scope of work also included editing AOC master specifications includes incorporating the AOC's sustainability goals into individual specification sections for materials or systems, as well as the creation of Division 01 sections for Sustainable Design Requirements and the Construction Waste Management and Disposal, both of which are based wholly on the AOC’s unique sustainability goals and tracking system.


Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC develops Outline, Book, or Sheet specifications for your project, including architectural Divisions 1 through 14, and site work and landscaping Divisions 31 - 33, as well as furniture and equipment specifications. 
Basic specification services also typically include the following:
  • Outline and draft submissions for coordination and review.
  • Review of drawing sets for coordination, nomenclature, QA/QC, and constructability.
  • Design or value engineering changes to materials or assemblies during Design Development and even into Construction Documents.
  • Product research, including finding equivalent products or manufacturers for competitive bidding.
  • Bid alternates.
  • Review of substitute manufacturers, products or assemblies during bidding.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC recommends the current 6-digit CSI MasterFormat 2004 format, but can prepare documents using the older 5-digit format, upon request.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC collaborates and coordinates with you to prepare or update your firm's master specifications in either book or sheet format.


Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC provides peer reviews of drawings and specifications, checking for completeness, constructability, weather-tightness, inter-discipline coordination, and building and accessibility code compliance.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC staff can perform existing building assessments and building code analyses of existing buildings.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC can help Owners in developing Owner Standards or Project Guidelines.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC assists in substitution reviews and product research for Architects, even when specifications were not developed originally by this firm.



Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC prepares specifications to comply with sustainability benchmarking systems, such as LEED and SITES, and provides waste management and sustainable design requirements specifications tailored to the needs of a project.
Rosa D Cheney AIA is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design and Construction specialty, and can provide LEED consulting services, to coordinate, track, and document the project team's decisions related to sustainable building design and construction.
Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC assists project teams in researching environmentally-preferable products, confirming whether products have Environmental Product Declarations; quantities of VOCs or recycled content; location of manufacture; as well as confirming whether products meet other third-party certification programs pertinent to the project or the product's performance.

Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC


8300 Wisconsin Avenue

Stonebridge Carras, LLC


Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC provided peer review services for Stonebridge Carras, owner of the 8300 Wisconsin Avenue apartment building project designed by WDG Architecture and located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The 359-unit building is 9-stories, with 50,000 SF of grocery retail space, 4-levels of below-grade parking, and fitness center and rooftop pool amenities.


Both drawings and architectural specifications were reviewed.  Written comments and redline markups were provided to Stonebridge Carras for review and distribution to the design team.

600 Massachusetts Avenue

Core Group PC


Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC provided specification consulting services for Core Group PC on the 600 Massachusetts Avenue project, located in northwest Washington DC, targeting LEED Platinum.  The Class-A mixed-use office building is 375,000 SF with 10 stories above grade and 3 levels of below-grade parking along with an occupied, below-grade concourse level.


The exterior of the building consists of factory-assembled unitized curtainwall and windows, structural glass canopies, and masonry and stone veneer, with terraced and vegetated roof decks that comply with the District’s stringent stormwater requirements.  Interior construction includes a fitness center, multi-story atrium with fire-resistive glazing, and the double-height main entrance lobby including stone flooring, stone wall paneling, and back-lit and etched-mirrored glass elevator surrounds.  Additional unique features of the project include a glass bridge at the building entrance over a reflecting pool fountain.


The scope of work included review of the Architect’s drawing sets for coordination with specifications, quality control/quality assurance, and constructability.  Full book specifications were prepared in standard 3-part CSI MasterFormat 2004.