The opening of the new Walking Mountains Science Center will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 in Avon and will offer a day of hands-on activities to visitors. But the building’s greatest value – energy consumption that’s cut in half, an environmental footprint that creates minimal impact on the local ecosystem, and serving as an industry model for environmentally-friendly construction practices – will offer a learning and environmental legacy for future generations. The monumentally green building by R.A. Nelson has already received countless awards and environmental certifications, including the Governor’s Energy Office High Performance Building Design Grant. The project is also attempting LEED designation – with enough points already to attain LEED Silver and is on target to reach LEED Platinum status (a mere 15 points away), with the final construction submittal following the campus’s full completion, estimated for this October.
“The project team didn’t use LEED as ‘something we needed to achieve,’” said Barry Monroe, LEED AP Project Manager for R.A. Nelson and Associates. “As a team, we took the spirit of it as a motivator to do the right thing and make informed choices for all of our decisions.”
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Builder uses conscientious, cutting-edge sustainability practices for project that’s a learning tool to “inspire environmental stewardship through natural science education.”