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Blog Category: Land + Water

Growing a Prairie at ECO

Growing a Prairie at ECO

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.

ECO Welcomes Blue Pathways Workshop

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.

From a Big Gulp to a Lil’ Sipper: Our First Water Savings Report

With all the water and energy-saving upgrades, we knew that we would be saving natural resources, but we could only estimate the savings. Now that ECO has been up and running for over a year, we are able to crunch some numbers.  One of the simplest comparisons is water use, and we’re thrilled with the results.

ECO Minute: Low-Tech, Modern Sustainable Design Solutions


Architect Chris Baribeau introduces two low-tech sustainable solutions in use at ECO: the steel cable trellis system and rainwater cisterns.

ECO Minute: Beautiful, Tough Landscape Plants


Now that the transformation of ECO has been completed and ECO inhabitants have lived here for a full year, we have a few more ECO minutes to share.  Here, landscape designer Stuart Fulbright shares some of his favorite native prairie grasses and other plants featured at ECO.

ECO Modern Flats Wins Statewide Green Building Award

ECO Modern Flats raised the bar for what people expect of a multifamily development in Northwest Arkansas…

ECO Minute: Water-wise Plumbing

Joe Reed of Ready Rooter Plumbing explains the water-wise plumbing innovations at ECO, including retrofit dual-flush toilets, solar-heated hot water, and low-flow fixtures.

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.