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ECO Minute: Healthy by Design

Heidi Tankersley of A Splash of Green describes healthy living at ECO.  From the choice of paints and finishes and air filtration systems to the proximity to Fayetteville’s multipurpose trail system, ECO provides a setting that encourages wellness. 


We’re Platinum!

We released this press release today, and we’re happy to share the news with you!

ECO Modern Flats Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

MC3 Multifamily announced today that their newly renovated apartment complex, ECO Modern Flats, was awarded LEED® Platinum certification, the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for green building and design.

ECO Modern Flats is the first multifamily development in the state to attain any level of LEED certification.  It is the first project in Washington County to qualify for the LEED Platinum standard.  The LEED Platinum certification places the project among an elite number of developments in Arkansas including the Clinton Presidential Center and Heifer International Headquarters.


Spring 2011 Construction Progress

We haven’t updated you in a while, but we’ve been making lots of progress.  The first few months of 2011 have thrown us some challenges, with record-breaking snowfall, hail, and flooding.  Through all those challenges, work continues!  Of our four buildings, the first—ECO1—is almost fully occupied.  Renovation is in full swing on the second, and we are starting work on the third.


ECO Minute: Infill Development and Adaptive Reuse

In this ECO Minute, sustainability expert and neighborhood advocate Mikel Lolley introduces the virtues of infill development and adaptive reuse. A longtime neighborhood resident, Mikel talks about the advantages of this walkable neighborhood. Mikel also talks about how ECO is an example of utilizing “embedded human energy,” to minimize the project’s footprint and conserve vintage structures.


Green Things Come in Small Packages

While work continues on ECO Modern Flats, the architects and builders are taking some time to create a playhouse for charity. Modus Studio has designed the ECO Fort, now under construction by the able hands of ECO’s contractors, The H7 Group and Town Builders.  The ECO Fort will be auctioned in April to benefit CASA of Northwest Arkansas , an organization that provides trained volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children in our community.


ECO Minute: Space-Saving Transformer in Action

Introducing the ECO Minute, a series of bite-sized videos that show off the green design features of ECO Modern Flats! In this installment, Architect Chris Baribeau of Modus Studio demonstrates the integrated media station as it transforms from entertainment center to library wall in seconds.  This innovative room divider, affectionately known as the Transformer, is one of the space-saving solutions that makes a one-bedroom flat live large.


Our Green Neighborhood

Fayetteville is becoming known as the Green Valley, and our neighborhood is leading the way—ECO is surrounded by LEED-certified buildings, eco-friendly residences, green restaurants and small businesses.  Here are some of our favorites…


Water-Wise Design

We are here.  In the West Fork watershed of the White River.  We know that every drop of rain that falls at ECO is headed down Town Branch, through the West Fork, and on down the White River to Beaver Lake.  The Beaver Lake Watershed is a rich habitat for many creatures and the source of our drinking water.  We’re doing our best to be good stewards of our watershed and to conserve water at ECO.  Here are some of the water-wise features of our (re)development:


Meet our Green Lifestyle Consultant

Heidi Tankersley of A Splash of Green is the green lifestyle consultant for ECO Modern Flats.  With her expertise in non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, she has guided the selection of materials used for finishing the interior spaces of the flats.  We asked Heidi to tell us a little more about her company, her method for choosing materials for ECO, and keeping a healthier home.


Recycling During Construction and Beyond

Just a little update on our progress: At the moment, renovation of the first of four buildings is nearing completion.  We’ve replaced the drafty single-paned windows in all four buildings, and we will soon have a model unit ready to show you!  As we close in on finishing the first building, we are clearing out the interiors of the second building, overhauling the mechanical systems, and preparing to transform the interior spaces.

As a renovation, this project produces less waste than new construction, and we’re working to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible.  Through careful sorting and collection, we expect to greatly exceed the LEED guideline of recycling or reusing half of construction waste.