Archive of: Sustainability
Designing Modern Park Facilities: Part 1 of 3 Internal and External Building Components – The Unsung Heroes of Park FacilitiesThe National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) estimate that Americans visit their local parks and recreation facilities an average of 29 times per year. Forest Park alone attracts 13 million visitors annually, and one-day events such as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race attracts thousands of visitors in a single day. With this type of high usage by the general public, it’s no wonder that park facilities, such as pavilions and comfort stations, can take a real beating and be the unfortunate targets of graffiti and other types of vandalism.
It’s been two years since the Lofts of Washington University opened on the Delmar Loop in St. Louis. The bustling 213,000 square foot mixed-use student housing development was designed to house more than 450 students, provide 220 underground residential parking spaces, and include 22,000 square feet of retail space. The four-building complex also provided a positive environmental impact by adding to the neighborhood green space and educating the community about sustainability in the process.
We have a long history of energy-conscious engineering, consulting and design here at Ross & Baruzzini. A testament to that is our internal “Sustainability Team” – a multi-disciplinary committee that furthers internal green practices, spearheaded our St. Louis office’s solar array installation, and encourages sustainability and energy-related thought leadership within the company.