December 19, 2012
Green Building & Design magazine (gb&d) recently featured Iowa City, Iowa as a trendsetting innovator in sustainable design for its Iowa City East Side Recycling Center
Below is an excerpt from the gb&d article:
In 2010, Iowa City was chosen by the EPA as one of five communities in the United States to receive assistance in revitalizing its brownfield areas, and coupled with dozens of nonprofits and a rapidly filling landfill, the city was primed for change.
Enter Shive-Hattery, with a plan for a comprehensive reuse-and-recycling center that would double as a classroom and LEED-certified landmark for the community. Besides handling a portion of the city’s recycling operations, the recently completed East Side Recycling Center also houses a drop-off center for electronics and oil, a salvage barn for building materials, a furniture-exchange facility, a pick-up for compost, storage for salt and sand, and a water-distribution station.
The entire facility is powered by clean energy and not a watt is lost on the lighting and plumbing fixtures, which are outfitted with occupancy sensors and automatic shut-off and flushing mechanisms. Solar panels power the south-facing sunscreens, and wind energy generated on-site contributes five percent of the building’s power. “In a city that’s very well-educated and concerned about environmentalism,” says Shive-Hattery architect Mark Seabold, “this gives the public a beautiful campus to centralize those ideas.”
To read full gb&d article