|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 5 Jan 2010 18:07:09 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Buel Elementary School project, McMinnville, Oregon|
Community Loses a Notorious Brownfield and Gains a New, LEED-certified
Brownfields Update for the Pacific Northwest January 2010A project in Oregon shows the value of thorough environmental assessment and consistent site planning when redeveloping a Brownfields site. It also illustrates how unknowns and the unexpected can affect the cost. Despite these obstacles and complications, the Sue Buel Elementary School project in McMinnville is considered to be a significant success, thanks to the dedication of the McMinnville School District to environmental stewardship and sustainable design.
One of the goals in $62 million bond levy approved by McMinnville voters in 2006 was to replace an aging 79-year old school with one that is energy-efficient, and sustainably designed. The result is the Sue Buel Elementary School, the first Oregon school to achieve LEED for Schools gold status and only the sixth in the nation. Every aspect of the school was designed to meet sustainability goals. From the mechanical systems to the lighting to the landscape watering system, the school boasts sophisticated, state-of-the-art sustainable design features.
The project's involvement with Brownfields was due to an adjacent 1.5-acre property now part of the school grounds that was an abandoned asphalt production facility. The property had been abandoned since the mid-1990s and was littered with dilapidated structures, old vehicles and the equipment remnants of the asphalt plant.
... release, see http://www.nwbrownfields-update.com/2010/01/community-loses-a-notorious-brownfield-and-gains-a-new-leed-certified-gold-school/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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