I just received an email about an interesting project on the cusp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado called Aviator. Aviator is a mixed-use, multifamily and storage units facility that’s targeting LEED Gold certification. Seeking superior energy efficiency for the project, Olson Development retained EcoSteel to provide the structure. EcoSteel calculates that their company could contribute ~18 points towards overall certification of Aviator based upon energy efficiency (10), heat island effect reduction (1), and recycled, reused, and regional materials use (7).
Check these urban townhomes out. They’re pretty interesting. The design here is part of a development called Sky Hill, a twelve townhome community in Midtown Atlanta. Designed by Kuo Diedrich, Sky Hill is clustered into four buildings with three townhomes each. They’re all 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom units of ~3000 sf and have been LEED registered (not certified). Each home has a rooftop terrace and equipped with a plant-growing system by LiveRoof. Apparently the end units have an elevator option, which most would agree is kind of, well, you know. But being located in an infill location with pedestrian friendly design opens up the possibility for living a greener kind of lifestyle.
Serenbe is located in Palmetto, Georgia, about 30-45 minutes southwest of Atlanta. The 900 acre community will preserve 70% of it’s land and eventual plans include about 600 homes. All Serenbe homes will be EarthCraft certified and the community offers a variety of options including work/live townhomes, cottages, and estates. The architecture is diverse and charming and is often inspired by historical buildings. There’s a Dwell Home being built (see below), and the above home by Redbone Construction was featured in various green building articles in local Atlanta publications.
River North Properties LLC is planning to develop a LEED Certified, condo/retail project for Denver’s River North ("RiNo") neighborhood. Named Beleza, a Brazilian Portuguese word for "beauty", this luxurious green community is modeled after the Brazilian city of Curitiba. Like Curitiba, Beleza will focus on sustainable lifestyle, eco-friendly development, and planning that cuts pollution and waste while improving the quality of life for residents. It will also have smart amenities, such as biometric fingerprint access, climate-controlled window blinds, power outlets in parking spaces, and digital screen controlled integrated lighting, communications, and A/V systems.
This 5 story, 9 unit condo building is 2800 Lincoln and is planned for the corner of Diversey Parkway and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Product Architects, this contemporary green building is aiming for LEED Silver, and might even catch LEED Gold. 2800 Lincoln has a green roof, large terraces, solar panels, solar thermal hot water heating, and will be powered, in part, by geothermal energy (see diagram below). Yo Chicago reports that the developer, Helios Realty and Development, plans to break ground in the next month or two and has a lease for the ground-floor retail space in the works.
Just recently, I noticed news that One Waterfront Place in the River District of Portland has received Platinum precertification under the LEED-CS program. One Waterfront Place is said to be the first Platinum precertified project on the West Coast and the first precertified project of any level in Oregon. And, as you can tell with the above rendering, the $100 million, 270,000 sf commercial office building has a posh location right near the river. The Class A+ building will have a host of green amenities: