Something is happening on the sloping areas on the eastern and western edges of the property. With the help of native plant expert Joe Woolbright of Ozark Ecological Restorations, we are working to establish native prairie plants in these areas. This process takes several years, but will result in a beautiful tapestry of color and texture, similar to Baker Prairie near Harrison, pictured above (photo by Bill Holiman).
Joe was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about native prairie plants.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.