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A New History for Weldon Valley School District

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Weldon Valley School District in Weldona, Colorado enjoys a fruitful seven-year relationship with The Neenan Company. During this time, three separate improvement projects have followed a master plan to bring the beloved historic character of the campus up to 21st Century sustainability standards. Even the most well-built, hundred-year-old structure needs to be changed. At Weldon [...]

Self-Cleaning Buildings and Other Ideas from Nature

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In the natural environment, every structure and every thing, plays its part in an ecological system that perpetually recycles nutrients and pollution. Why should the human built environment be any different? The idea that buildings, materials and urbanism can actually do something good is a hallmark of current thinking on sustainability. Take for instance, the [...]

Triple Cheers for Alamosa

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Similarly to the way the Sargent School District was able to apply triple bottom line thinking to great effect in their new school building, Colorados Alamosa Elementary Schools also worked with Neenan and the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program to create an infrastructure for people, planet, and profit. From the real-world experience students got [...]

Underlining the Triple Bottom Line at Sargent Junior and Senior High School

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School design is a great example of how triple bottom line thinking can make a difference. The adage that the real bottom line is people, planet and profit working in concert to amplify value expresses itself perfectly when it comes to creating the facilities that most influence the next generation. The new Sargent Junior and [...]

Design Rx: Beauty, Stimulation, Interaction

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Does your daily space make you healthy or sick? This is a question more and more people are beginning to ask. Characteristics like beauty or excitement can provoke body movement through buildings or neighborhoods that add up to real differences in our body weight and physical well-being. Good design can also create emotional satisfaction and [...]

Giving Thanks for Unique Projects: The Slocum Center, Eugene, OR

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In the spirit of harvest time, this week we wanted to look back at giving thanks for a unique project that reminds us about the lasting impacts of the fruits of our labor. The Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, OR has architecturally achieved a rhythm of wellness to the delight of [...]

Break time, with love

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The youngest guests at Respite Care, Inc., in Fort Collins dont know they are benefiting from one of the countrys best examples of community compassion. Tucked into cozy cribs for midday naps, they snooze away peacefully while their parents go to work, go on vacation or even just Take a break. Respite means a temporary [...]

What makes a school healthy for kids?

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Over the last several months, we have written a lot about school gardens, new healthier construction materials, healthy school interiors and school based health clinics. But if schools are where we grow the citizens of the future, perhaps we should take a good hard look at exactly what they are learning there, and we’re not [...]

Guidance on the Guidelines: How Good is LEED?

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Green building is not just a fad. It’s a real change in society’s relationship with nature. While conscientious firms have always embodied the first principles of sustainable design–from proper siting to make the most of the sun to climate-sensitive passive heating and cooling–there is now a need for public guidance. This has led to the [...]