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Old Posted Apr 29, 2007, 11:23 PM
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Major/noteworthy green projects in your city

To kick things off, it could be worthwhile to get a sense of green building construction and proposals from around the world.

Victoria, BC, Canada

Dockside Green - residential, commercial, office, hotel, industry (u/c)

Victoria is the testing bed for a whole slew of green technologies and building techniques with the Dockside Green project currently being built along Victoria's upper harbour (across the harbour from downtown). The project will have about 1,000 units upon completion in a decade and, if all goes to plan, will be the "greenest" development of its kind in North America.

The website states:

"A model for holistic, closed-loop design, Dockside Green will function as a total environmental system in which form, structure, materials, mechanical and electrical systems will be interrelated and interdependent – a largely self-sufficient, sustainable community where waste from one area will provide fuel for another. Committed to achieving the highest level of certification under the LEED™ green building program, Dockside Green will be the first community ever to accomplish a goal that has so far eluded an entire development and has only been reached by four buildings in the world."

Not too shabby if they pull it off.

Phase I, currently u/c at 8- and 5-storeys, with several smaller townhouses mixed in between.

Phase II, with a 10- and 9-storey condo.

And this is the entire project:

Gateway Green - office (proposed)

At 15-storeys, Gateway Green could become the tallest office tower in Victoria. I think it's claim to fame is the "green wall" with more info on that at http://gatewaygreen.ca/Concept/Livin...2/Default.aspx

The Falls - residential and commercial (u/c)

18-storey condo in Victoria attempting LEED silver.

I think a good chunk of current proposals and projects are attempting some form of LEED certification or another, but I can't remember the specifics. It'll be interesting to see how many reach their estimate goals and how many simply mimic the LEED guidelines without actually paying for the LEED paper trail or costly accred sticker.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 12:07 AM
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Great new thread idea! ive got a perfect one for you, Aquarius in ATLANTA

Robotic parking, solar panels, wind turbines and much more. The definition of a green skyscraper.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 1:35 AM
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virtually every project in portland
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 2:00 AM
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Chicago Spire is going for Gold LEED.

Then 300 N. Lasalle and 640 On the Park are a couple more from Chicago to name a few...
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 2:02 AM
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That building kicks ass!
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 2:47 AM
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Aquarius is insane!

How much of the building's energy needs are met by the turbines?
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba Hydro

Building Facts

* Building size: 695 742 square feet or 64 590 square metres
* Number of storeys: total of 22 including mechanical floor and podium which ranges from two to three storeys
* Building height: 112.5 metres to top of solar chimney, 96.5 metres to roof top
* Number of occupants: 2 150 Manitoba Hydro employees plus tenant employees
* Parking: 152 spaces on one underground level
* Date of completion: May 2008
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Humanes society

there more but i can't get on the site that has the list
can't get on a bunch of site including cnn its weird....... another pegger wana add to it
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2007, 3:53 AM
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Nashville: Neuhoff Complex/800,000 sq.ft.

The Neuhoff Complex is an old industrial complex on the riverfront on the northside of Nashville in the Germantown neighborhood. There is currently a proposal on the table from Sharples Holden Pasquarelli out of NYC to redevelop this 800,000 square foot complex into a major cutting edge, very green and eco friendly residential, retail and performing arts complex.

The project also includes a visitors and educational center for the International Center for Living Watersheds, which is what the last rendering is of.

This is what most of the structures in the complex look like today:

This is what it will hopefully become:

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Vancouver, WA development

The power to ‘net zero’
Friday, 27 April 2007
Columbia Springs Life Science Center, to break ground next year, will try to capture power at every turn
By Sam Bennett
VBJ Staff Reporter
The Columbia Springs Life Science Learning Center will offer more than fish and wildlife.

The building, designed by Miller/Hull of Seattle and LSW of Vancouver, will be a lesson in sustainability.

The 13,000-square-foot facility is designed as the first "net zero" public building in the United States. Net zero means the building will produce more energy than it consumes, with the excess energy returning to the grid.

The new Columbia Springs Life Science Learning Center will be surrounded by trails and adjacent to West Biddle Lake. Visitors will find a variety of eco-systems in an area just eight miles east of downtown Vancouver.

Already, the project is creating a buzz in the build green design community. Miller/Hull has been invited to present the project at the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2007 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 in Chicago.

When finished in the fall of 2009, the learning center will host thousands of students each year from the Evergreen School District and other school districts.

"We wanted it to be different from anything they had experienced at their schools – something that would stimulate their minds at every turn," said Ted Stubblefield, co-chairman of the learning center design team. "It should be a model for unique natural resource education for our youth."

Stubblefield is a former forest supervisor with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and a natural resource consultant. He is also on the board of the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center.

Area students will be able to take water samples and view fish in “fish theaters” at the learning center. The environmentally friendly center will produce more energy than it consumes.

Construction on the $13 million project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008 and be complete a year later.

Key elements of the net zero design include roof-mounted solar panels and micro-hydro turbines that use water run-off from roof tops, springs, creeks and other site drainage areas.

Stubblefield said it is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design’s platinum level.

The 3.5-acre development will be part of a 114-acre campus that includes the Upper and West Biddle lakes. The center itself will be on West Biddle Lake. The property is co-owned by the city of Vancouver and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. The project will be owned by the Evergreen School District and run by the nonprofit Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center.

The new center will have underwater windows to view an existing fish hatchery, as well as research tanks, individual and group research spaces and a large outdoor "fish theater." It will also have labs, a resource library and conference space and improved wetlands.

Additional green features are:

• One side of the building is a glass wall that opens and recedes into the ceiling, creating ample daylight.

• Thermal collectors in the lake that help with cooling and warming at different seasons.

• A green roof, planted with low lying shrubs/grasses that provide insulation and treat stormwater.

• Salvaged milled trees and rock from the site will be used as siding, doors, benches and stone walls.

• Waterless urinals and minimal-usage toilets and low flow fixtures throughout.

• Impervious surfaces will be reduced through the use of low-impact (crushed rock and wood chip) trails and pervious pavers.

• Thermal imaging and air-leak testing is part of building envelope construction analysis.

Designers and members of the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center Foundation Board met in the last year to hash-out the sustainable elements of the facility, according to Stubblefield.

"Once we fully engaged the engineers on hydro and solar energy consumption and told them we wanted state-of-the-art applied on site, it was then that they came up with the possibility of using micro-hydro technology and capturing power every place on site where we could have more than a two-foot drop in water flow," he said. "We directed them to max it out to see what we might come up with."

Dean Sutherland, foundation board co-chairman, said the sustainability focus grew as they got farther into the project. "As the design work began coming together, having the first net zero building in the U.S. emerged as a possibility."

Sutherland and the board worked with community members to determine what they wanted in the new learning center. The 1938 fish hatchery was closed by Fish and Wildlife in 1997, but local community groups rallied to get it re-opened and renovated.

The new building will be a "teaching tool," he said. "On a global level, we are looking for how we can stir minds of children, so they have an interest in life science and get into employment in life sciences. These kinds of life science learning centers provide great foundational training for students."

"This is also a site that will be used in lieu of overnight field trips that are expensive and not without risk for children and the schools," added Stubblefield.

Adin Dunning, a project manager with Miller/Hull Partnership, said the center and park are perfectly placed.

The center is on 3.5 acres, within a 114-acre forested campus. It will include expanded wetlands and wheelchair accessible water sampling beach.

"What’s great is how urban the setting really is," he said. "It’s just this little forest in the middle of Vancouver. The [center’s] program is really compelling, with all the field trip activities happening there and the various ecosystems on the 114 acres."

Dunning’s familiarity with the site dates back to his youth. Growing up in Camas, Dunning visited the fish hatchery on field trips.

"It’s great to be able to help the facility and make that next step to become a greater community asset," he said.

Stubblefield said he expects the state Legislature will approve funding for the $13 million project. The center will be at 12208 N.E. Evergreen Highway, about eight miles east of downtown Vancouver.
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The first LEED Platinum Certified hospital in the World
The Dell Childrens Hospital

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Old Posted Jul 31, 2007, 6:41 PM
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I like the relationship between a green building and a childrens hospital. It could be spun very well for marketing purposes (that is, if "Dell" is the computer maker "Dell" and has helped sponsor the project).
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Old Posted Jul 31, 2007, 8:44 PM
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^ They did. Michael and Susan Dell donated $25 million for the project and set up a donation fund that allowed the public to donate also. $75 million of the $200 million to build the hospital came from public donations. The hospital serves a 46 county area, pretty amazing, out of 254 counties in the state, it serves an area about the size of Arkansas.

There's another thread on it here:
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every new provincial government office and Edmonton municipal building must be LEED silver minimum
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