December 29, 2017
The Conservancy’s Preservation Resource Center has achieved yet another award; this time from the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles chapter at its 13th Annual Green Gala on November 30. Each year, the Sustainable Innovation Awards honor premier projects that have envisioned, designed and built with exceptional achievement and innovation. “The awards recognize project teams that go above and beyond standard practices and use innovative strategies that can be used as a model for future sustainable design and construction,” state awards co-chairs Amelia Feichtner and Patti Harburg-Petrich. “Now more than ever, creative and innovative strategies are essential to the success and sustainability of our diverse communities.”
The Preservation Resource Center was recognized under the category “Materials and Resources,” which sounds obscure but reflects its achievement as a LEED Gold Certified adaptive reuse of a historic structure to serve a new purpose in the community. This was achieved with great attention to detail: maintaining over 95.7% of the existing structural elements, recycling 91.5% of the construction waste, incorporating energy and space-saving features as well as maintenance with sustainable products. The surrounding landscape was planted with drought resistant, native plants to take advantage of the city’s climate, drought concerns, and limiting the need for mowing and watering.
The projects were also judged on impact on the community and the extent to which team collaboration made success possible. The Resource Center has welcomed over 3000 residents and visitors in its first 18 months of operation and could not have been achieved without the sustained collaboration of many individuals and organizations over the 14 years’ effort!
The Sustainable Innovation Awards offer prestige and affirmation of your project ‘s commitment to a sustainable built environment. Unlike standardized rating systems, the Sustainable Innovation Awards evaluate merit based upon sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance by going above and beyond LEED credit achievement.