• AIA DC Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design
  • AIA Northern Virginia Special Citation for Sustainability Award
  • AGC of DC Washington Contractor Award, Outstanding Interiors

Project Brief

As the first LEED Gold® spa in the country, Nusta Spa had a vision to create a rejuvenating space that would be as healthy for the environment as for its guests. To achieve this goal, they were looking for a construction partner that understood sophisticated design, with a commitment to achieving the highest standard of sustainability. With our team, Nusta Spa met their perfect match.

Going for Gold with Natural Materials

To deliver Nusta Spa’s vision, eco-friendly construction strategies were used throughout the space. From water preservation to fresh air intake with a state-of-the-art air filtration and ventilation system, to personal temperature controls and sustainable materials, every inch of the spa was built to support the health of Nusta's clients and staff — and the health of our planet.

To capture the natural design aesthetic, we used FSC-certified and reclaimed wood; locally and regionally sourced materials; rapidly renewable, low-emitting and recycled materials; as well as energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems. A self-sustaining waterfall provides a retreat from everyday sounds.

At a time when available options were few, we procured carpet made from 100% recycled fibers, and all textiles were specified and installed free of harmful toxins. An 11-foot wall of oak boards — milled from reclaimed structural timbers — define the separation between public and private spaces, which include a retail and reception space; a soothing relaxation area; seven treatment rooms; locker rooms; a manicure/pedicure salon; as well as laundry facilities, offices, storage space and a kitchen.

A Lasting Leader

Nusta Spa’s organic-by-design approach to business influenced everything we did. The finished space continues to be a sanctuary of pure bliss for guests, and the spa maintains its legacy as a pioneer in the world of sustainable hospitality.

Photos by Eric Laignel