Hiawatha Maintenance Facility wins 2012 EcoBLEND Award

The City of Minneapolis Hiawatha Maintenance Facility received the 2012 EcoBLEND Award for its commitment to ecologically sound practices while using design to be a good neighbor. The EcoBLEND Award honors builders, architects and homeowners for eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices in new and remodeled projects in Minneapolis.

The judges were impressed with the commitment to ecologically sound practices while being sensitive to the neighborhood in their approach to the building’s design. Judges applauded the massive recycling (including benches made of shredded money), the focus on repurposing items (including using onsite wood) rather than simply landfilling the demolition waste and the building’s approach to the geothermal and the heat sink materials that were used

This standard of building reflects the City policy requiring new or major renovations of municipal buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environment 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 environmentally-responsible 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 were diverted from a landfill through recycling. The costs associated with the energy-saving features will pay for themselves in four to six years, and did not cost more than simply building to code. The energy-saving strategies result in approximately $112,998 per year savings. Find features, details and a photo gallery at www.blendaward.org/2012-winners-ecoblend.html.

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.

 

Published Sep. 26, 2012