The redesign of ECO challenged designers to make the most of leftover spaces. Architect Chris Baribeau explains how an imaginative approach created a series of new gardens and outdoor gathering spaces.
Matt Mihalevich, City of Fayetteville Trails Coordinator, explains the benefits of ECO’s walkable, bike-able location and provides an overview of the destinations that can be easily reached by the Frisco and Oakridge Trails as well as the development of the Razorback Greenway, a 36-mile regional trail.
Cam Shafer of Natural State Insulation describes the benefits of locally-made BioBased Insulation, including comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Visit our post from mid-renovation to see behind the walls.
Next Gen Illumination, a Fayetteville company, installed outdoor LED lighting at ECO. Not only do the lights save energy but they also serve a wider purpose of showing the broad adaptability of LED technology.
Now that the transformation of ECO has been completed and ECO inhabitants have lived here for a full year, we have a few more ECO minutes to share. Here, landscape designer Stuart Fulbright shares some of his favorite native prairie grasses and other plants featured at ECO.
The scorching heat hasn’t slowed progress at ECO: outdoor living spaces are taking shape. Our unique aesthetic and sustainable design have drawn admiring attention from the media and brisk interest from design aficionados and environmental advocates. The first two buildings, ECO1 and ECO2, are completely full, and all the apartments in ECO3 and ECO4 are spoken for (email us if you’d like to be on the waiting list for an apartment). Work continues on the interiors of ECO3 and ECO4, finishing floors, installing transformer units, painting, tiling and more. A complete overhaul of mechanical systems and plumbing in those buildings is taking place, too.
Dramatic changes are taking place outside. The courtyard between ECO1 and ECO2 looks more like Modus Studio’s renderings every day (we just have to finish up and then get some people to stand outside). The entry walkway is now in place, the freestanding cistern is now operational, and the steel raised beds for community gardening have been placed.
That Arkansas sun puts out lots of energy, and we’re taking advantage of it with a solar hot water system that will supply around 75% of the demand. Bill Ball of Stellar Sun is a veteran of the solar industry. Here, he talks about how ECO is using the sun’s heat to keep ECO inhabitants comfortable while preserving resources.