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:
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.
Chris Baribeau of modus studio is the architect for ECO. After studying architecture at the University of Arkansas, he worked for the acclaimed architecture firm Marlon Blackwell Architect. In 2008, he and Josh Siebert founded modus studio. They were joined this year by Jason Wright. With the help of designers David McElyea, Austin Chatelain and Chris Lankford, the firm has designed environmentally sensitive projects from homes and schools to an airport terminal and an orphanage in Africa. We asked Chris to tell us a little more about modus and the vision for ECO.
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