City of Minneapolis facility wins 2012 EcoBLEND Award

The City of Minneapolis Hiawatha Maintenance Facility has been honored with the 2012 EcoBLEND Award for its commitment to ecologically sound practices while using design to be a good neighbor. Judges applaud both the “massive recycling … and focus on repurposing items (including using onsite wood) rather than simply landfilling the demolition waste” and “the effort the designers made to blend in with neighborhood, treating the original 1914 brick building as the facility’s primary perspective.”

This standard of building reflects the City policy requiring new or major renovations of municipal buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level requirements. LEED creates a set of standards that call for buildings to be constructed in ways that have been proven to reduce the consumption of energy and other natural resources, and improve building performance, cost efficiency and building longevity.

The 2009-2010 project transformed an unsightly, partly historic public-works facility into an attractive and exceedingly green maintenance complex. The Hiawatha Maintenance facility has LEED Platinum certification, the highest certification awarded by LEED. The award-winning facility was constructed on a site that used to house a complex of 18 Public Works buildings, some dating back to the turn of the 20th century. More than 1,300 tons of construction waste was diverted from a landfill through recycling. The costs associated with the energy-saving features will pay for themselves in four to six years, and they did not cost more than simply building to code. The energy-saving strategies save approximately $112,998 per year. Find features, details and a photo gallery at

ECoBLEND is sponsored by Linden Hills Power and Light and is part of the citywide B.L.E.N.D. award, which encourages builders, architects and homeowners to blend newly built or remodeled homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods. The EcoBLEND Awards were created to reward builders, architects and homeowners for incorporating eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices into new and remodeled projects in Minneapolis. BLEND and ECoBLEND awards will be awarded at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, 2720 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis.


Published Sep 25, 2012