Monthly Archives: January 2015
Congratulations to our clients and friends who were selected as finalists for the US Green Building Council Maryland Chapter’s 10th Annual Wintergreen Awards! The Wintergreen Awards Ceremony will be held on February 19, 2015 from 5:30-9:30 pm at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
We are definitely feeling lucky and hope to win big at the Wintergreen Awards!
USGBC Maryland’s Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building celebrate projects, businesses, members and partners demonstrating excellence in high performance and healthy building design, environmental stewardship, community impact, and more. Network over great food and drinks with the key green building professionals and sustainability supporters in our region!
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and event attendees will vote for the recipient of our People’s Choice Project Award! Details & Registration
Kudos to Jacqueline Lusk on participating in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Environmental Section breakfast panel discussion this morning at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, Maryland. The breakfast program was entitled, How Many Attorneys Does It Take To Construct A Green Building? Jacqueline spoke on what attorneys need to know regarding unique contract provisions for green building, including changes to contract forms arising from the recent Fourth Circuit decision in Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Weyerhauser Company.
Jacqueline spoke along side Joshua W. Ballance, Senior Manager and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents, American Institute of Architects and Stuart Kaplow of Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A., Sustainability and Green Building Attorneys. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the World’s first building to receive the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified recognition, served as a picturesque backdrop for the panel discussion.
Again, we congratulate Jacqueline on being invited as an expert panelist and delivering a stellar presentation!
From December 1, 2014 through December 3, 2014, Lorax Partnerships had the privilege of participating in a three day design charrette for the Lemur Conservation Foundation to explore the Living Building Challenge building certification program for the new Charlotte Lovejoy Residential Dormitory at their Myakka City conservation habitats.
“The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.”
“The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location-be it a new building or an existing structure.”
The goal to pursue Living Building Challenge was brought forth by Kata Petty from Steven Kahle Architects, the lead architect on the project and daughter to LCF’s late board member, Charlotte Lovejoy. The idea is to honor her mother’s memory and passion for conservation through the careful design and construction of this residence hall.
While applying the rating system to our preliminary and schematic designs at the charrette, Lorax had the opportunity to work alongside the esteemed Steven Kahle Architects, Doo Consulting, Matt Morris Engineering, Scheda Ecological Associates, Bruce Brooks & Associates, Rathgeber Goss & Associates, My Green Buildings, and of course the Lemur Conservation Foundation team.
It is very rare that this many members of the project team are able to convene simultaneously or even be engaged this early in the design process. From inception, it is clear that the Lovejoy Residential Dormitory will be a strong collaboration between all project team members in order to achieve our high sustainability and regenerative standards.
About Lemur Conservation Foundation: Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) was established in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sanders. LCF is a leader in the conservation and preservation of the primates of Madagascar through programs dedicated to observation oriented research, education, and lemur propagation, with a commitment to infuse art into all of our mission programs. LCF is an American Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited private,… Continue reading