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.
Do you know your WalkScore? WalkScore is a great tool for quantifying just how connected a place is—and how easy it is to accomplish daily tasks without driving. Our city, Fayetteville, has an overall WalkScore of 27 - Car Dependent. In contrast, ECO clocks in at 85! You can walk to the post office, numerous great restaurants, lots of workplaces, and of course, the University of Arkansas.
More and more people are realizing just how important walkability is to overall quality of life, and WalkScore is a handy way to measure walkability. What is your WalkScore?
Who better to tell the story of living at ECO than the people who live here? Kicking off our new series is Molly Meredith, who has lived here from the start. Molly is a Certified Laser Technician & Licensed Aesthetician. She lives at ECO with her canine companions, Mackenzie Jo, a short haired Chihuahua and Taber, a long haired Chihuahua.
How long have you lived here? Two and a half years
What made you choose ECO? It was the whole package: the LEED certification, community garden, outdoor space, salt water pool. I toured a model flat on Valentines day 2011 and fell in love- the functional design of a small space, the minimalist Scandinavian-style aesthetic.
What’s your favorite thing about living at here? The community garden. I’m an avid cook & wannabe gardener, so it’s perfect. I utilize the garden pretty much year round. My outdoor space, especially the rooftop, is a close second.
Last month, ECO Modern Flats hosted 41 green industry professionals as part of the Blue Pathways workshop on Low Impact Design (LID) installation and maintenance. Tim Copeland, the groundskeeper at ECO, provided a tour and discussed best practices in stormwater management in use on site, including stormwater cisterns and a rain garden. The Blue Pathways program provides training to landscape architects, engineers, project managers, park planners, trail coordinators, irrigation specialists and contractors in Northwest Arkansas.
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.
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.
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.