It seems like cities all over the United States are jumping into the green building fray–it’s an exciting time to witness the radical transformation of the construction industry. In Madison, Wisconsin, there’s a neighborhood development called Capitol West. The project is a $110 million, mixed-use development in the center of Madison, occupying an entire city block bounded by West Washington Avenue, South Henry, West Main + South Broom Street. The development will include a diversity of housing types, shopping spaces, + urban parks–all clean, contemporary + modern.
This urban redevelopment will include about 375-400 townhomes, condominiums, and lofts + penthouses. The first phase (173 condos + 10,000 sf of retail) of condominium homes will range in size from 650-3,000 square feet, with prices ranging from $170,000-$900,000. I was really surprised by the diversity of architecture and offerings for this neighborhood: Capitol Court Townhomes, Washington Rowhouses, 309 West Washington (10 floors), Main Street Townhomes, + Broom Street Lofts. This looks really exciting.
What’s really impressive is the steps the developer, The Alexander Company, took to make sure this development didn’t place undue burden on the city’s resources. It retained Madison Environmental Group to head up their reuse/deconstruction phase. The reuse phase diverted 66 tons of material from the landfill via donations, walk-throughs, and public sale events. The deconstruction phase yielded 94.86% of recycled material, totaling 24,500 tons! Granted deconstruction can take more time, but it’s a lot better on the community, environment, and neighborhood. In total, 59,536 cubic yards of material was diverted from the landfill via reuse and deconstruction efforts–that’s 19,772 Ford F-150s full of waste lined up back-to-back stretching 65 miles. Nice job Capitol West.
No word yet as to whether any of the individual projects will go after LEED, but the architects are designing with the environment in mind. Lots of natural light, air + ventilation design with incredible views, green spaces, and roof gardens. Thanks for the tip Stephen Schenkenberg.