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.
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.
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.
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.
The beauty of this blog is that we can show you parts of the design and construction process that the folks who live here will never see. One of those cool things is our insulation.
As part of our commitment to green building, we are insulating all the flats at ECO using a product with Northwest Arkansas roots. It’s not flashy, but the insulation that we are using to seal the exterior walls will keep ECO interiors comfortable and quiet. BioBased Insulation is a product of Fayetteville’s BioBased Technologies. With BioBased Insulation, we bumped up the insulative value at ECO to R-24. Not only does this insulation reduce the demand for heating and air conditioning, it also seals against outside noise.