The excellent bloggers at Scribe Media just posted a video of Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim. Oppenheim is the designer of COR Tower, an eco-tower that has wind turbines at the peak. Please note, this post and the video have been modified slightly to protect confidential information not released publicly. We respect that. Enjoy!
I’m starting to run dry on eco-tower projects to talk about on Sundays, so maybe we can get a few more to pop up in Dubai? This skyscraper, Tower Verre, might just be the next green structure in New York. Well, more specifically, Tower Verre is on the table and ready to go, but I’m not entirely sure whether it will be green. WAN notes the following: "solar panels and wind turbines fill the narrow triangular top section, putting its unusually thin silhouette to a reasonable use. This tower is a monument to the rules of shadow and light, and to the forces of the wind." ## I haven’t been able to confirm the use of solar and wind in the tower’s pinnacle, but as always, I think it’s positive to have solar/wind integrated into structures in a meaningful way.
Portland has tons of LEED buildings, but they’re hoping to claim the greenest residential condo tower in the United States. The Casey Condominiums is on track to be the first residential building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification. Sitting on the corner of NW 12th and Everett, which is smack dab in the Pearl District, this 16-story tower will have 61 units averaging just over 2,000 sf in size. Word is they’re 70% pre-sold, too. And in addition to 4,200 sf of ground-floor retail space, the luxury, eco-tower will feature a multi-faceted glass art installation (as you can see in some of the images).
Recently, Former President Bill Clinton announced a joint partnership of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the City of Chicago that will give the 1,450 feet tall building a green makeover. Through the partnership, the Chicago landmark will be retrofitted, making it more cost-effective and energy efficient. The project is part of Clinton’s message: going green can save some green. He said, “This is not a big bottle of castor oil we have to drink. This is the greatest economic opportunity that our country has had to mobilize and democratize since we mobilized from World War II." Clinton also predicts that in the next 18 months, there will be a race to build structures that produce energy instead of consuming it. The move from energy-consuming buildings to energy-producing buildings is intended, at least in part, to wean the country of its coal addiction. Let’s hope this momentum continues beyond 18 months, too. Via Equity Green + Medill.
(S2) = Skyscraper Sunday, a weekly article on green skyscrapers.
You may have heard about a huge mall, entertainment, tourist project in central New York called Destiny USA. It’s quite the scheme that’s been in planning for many years. I just caught news of some of their phase I and II plans for green building and energy. For the 1.3 million sf Phase I, they retained Tangarie Energy to place sixteen, 5 kW drill-bit shaped wind turbines in the parking lot, which will produce roughly 64,000 – 84,000 kW hours of clean energy. They also want to be 100% fossil fuel free and energy efficient, so we’ll probably hear more specific details in the future. The turbines are designed to work well in lower wind speeds and should provide about 30% of their energy needs.
Phase II will start in 2009. For that, they’re planning a 1,300+ key hotel tower and conference facility, which will be built to LEED Platinum certification. The unique looking hotel project, shaped almost like blades of grass, will generate electricity from its solar panel facade and hydro-electric turbines (using rainwater collected on the roof). Once finished in 2012, it is planned to be the tallest building in upstate New York.