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Seattle's Olive 8 Gets LEED Silver


A little over a year ago, we took a look at the green roof planned for Olive 8.  It's massive — one of the largest in the city of Seattle.  Now, the hotel/condo tower in downtown Seattle has been open for several months and officially received LEED Silver certification.  It's one of only twenty other green hotels in the country to receive certification from the USGBC. 

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Modern Green 555YVR in Walnut Creek

555YVR-Front elevation Twilight

In the California city of Walnut Creek, this stunning green project is nearing completion with occupancy planned for October 2009.  555YVR gets its name from its location — 555 Ygnacio Valley Road, which is conveniently located within walking distance of BART and a number of downtown restaurants and nightclubs.  Thompson | Dorfman Partners developed 55YVR with the architectural help of Kwan Henmi and KTGY Group, and the project was built to LEED standards.  Some of the green aspects include the following:

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St. Louis High School Seeks Platinum


The new science and library building at Crossroads College Preparatory School, located in the city of St. Louis, is seeking LEED Platinum certification.  If obtained, it will be the first K-12 school in St. Louis to earn certification.  Head of School Billy Handmaker* was committed to achieving the highest level of certification possible, while still spending within the budget and ending up with a good looking building.  He said, "from the beginning, we said 'we want Platinum, but won't compromise."

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St. Paul Home Created with Three Boxes


All the prefab enthusiasts need to make sure to check out this Hive Modular home in St. Paul's historic Capitol Heights neighborhood.  The home and its owner, David Schmit, were profiled in Midwest Home, and the article provides an interesting glimpse into getting a prefab built.  Schmit bought the lot, sold his home, worked with Hive Modular on the design, worked with the local architectural planning board to get approvals, and finally worked with the city of St. Paul to get approvals.  It took some time and patience, too.

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Green Container House in Houston


Some of you may be tired of container homes, but this one, the Cordell House, is too interesting not to talk about.  Designed by Christopher Robertson and developed by Numen Development, L.P., it’s a 1,858 square-foot pad with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  And in addition to being built with a number of green elements (described below), the developer was able to keep construction waste to a minimum with ten contractor trash bags total.

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Marken Passive LEED Platinum Home


About a month and a half ago, Marken Projects, founded by developer Alexander Maurer and based in Vancouver, BC, announced plans to build this 2,400 square foot home.  It’s going to be Passive House certified, LEED Platinum certified in Canada, and built using a German modular wood building system.  Needless to say, it has all the components of the kind of projects we like.

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