Although the number of sustainable construction projects has grown significantly across the United States during the past several years, unfortunately it remains uncommon to hear the word “affordable” associated with sustainable development. The Marion County Housing Authority (MCHA) of Oregon is challenging the myth that sustainable construction can't be affordable. In early 2006, MCHA broke ground on Hazelwood Estates, a cozy, 32-unit, senior community built on a former hazelnut orchard in Woodburn, Ore.
Philadelphia’s East Parkside neighborhood is a community ripe for revival. Home to several local attractions, parks, museums, and more than 1,600 residential and commercial sites the East Parkside Community Revitalization Corporation (EPCRC) is working to transform the blighted, historic neighborhood into a revitalized and sustainable community.
The Meriwether’s twin structural concrete condo towers that topped out in August 2006, are achieving instant landmark status in Portland, Ore. Rising 21 and 25 stories, they anchor a two-billion-dollar redevelopment project.
When tasked with building a new library that would accommodate a growing population and its need for a more technologically savvy and environmentally friendly space, the City of Highland, California, began examining a host of options. With the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center, named in honor of the former city manager, Sam J. Racadio who dedicated 18 years of service to the city, Highland officials constructed in a library that honored his memory and looked toward with the future of Highland.
Nestled along scenic Highway 1 and adjacent to the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the CEMEX cement plant in the coastal community of Davenport, Calif., consistently strives to “work in harmony with nature.”CEMEX Davenport claimed the overall environmental award prize at the Seventh Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards ceremony in 2008 thanks to its repeat win in the Land Stewardship category and boosted by its finalist status in the Environmental Performance and Energy Efficiency categories.
When the City of Leawood, Kansas, implemented new regulations requiring developers to address stormwater runoff for the health of the community, local officials knew that their own construction practices would reflect the expected and required policies in the community.
Through the use of concrete and other green elements the Bethel Commercial Center, a new, mixed-used transit center in a low income neighborhood on Chicago’s west side, is expected to use 50 percent less energy than conventional construction. The building has been designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
Elgin Academy launched the Harold D Rider Family Media, Science, and Fine Arts Center with an explicit goal of creating a high performance building to serve their students and the larger community. Research demonstrating the value of daylight and fresh air to support student learning, coupled with a desire to have a building that would serve the school well into the future led Headmaster John Cooper to the US Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system. Dr.
The CH2M Hill corporate headquarters in Englewood, Colorado achieves two separate building objectives that are not always compatible; efficient, cost-effective construction and optimal energy performance. CH2M Hill is a leading engineering firm known for its commitment to the environment. In 2003, it was named “Company of the Year” by the Southeast Business Partnership for outstanding community and environmental stewardship.
The Navajo Nation needed a new replacement facility for health care. The Indian Health Service wanted a building that would require a minimum of maintenance while outlasting its predecessor, constructed in 1938.The exterior colors and stepped-back shape are reminiscent of the surrounding natural landscape. The result is the Ft. Defiance Indian Hospital (FDIH) in Ft. Defiance, Arizona.
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