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Momentum at Mueller

SEDL Facility at Mueller

Have you seen what’s happening at Mueller?  If you haven’t driven the area recently, you might be surprised to see what is now standing where the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport once stood.  I had the opportunity to tour the mixed-use project recently and was so impressed with this infill redevelopment that I wanted to share an update with you.  …Read Entire Post

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Central Health breaks ground on new facility

North Central Health Clinic

Construction is underway on The North Central Health Center – a 50,000-square-foot facility located on seven acres at 1210 W. Braker Lane.  Completion of Central Health‘s new facility is scheduled for the fall of 2011.  …Read Entire Post

Buildings surpass previous LEED certifications

As more Austin-area developments are looking to become LEED certified to reduce their impact on the environment, they are also moving up in their environmental certification.

Last week, a North Austin office development, which started construction in January, became gold LEED pre-certified as a result of its energy and water efficiency, use of local and recycled materials and the provision of facilities for bicycling commuters. Located at Oak Creek Drive and MoPac Expressway, Oak Creek Plaza is a Class A 50,000 square foot office building on four acres of land near the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter rail. Real estate developers have figured out that developing LEED certified office buildings will not only be a benefit to the environment but will also make their buildings more attractive to tenants, especially those from the West Coast. Oak Creek Plaza is one of the first gold LEED certified projects in Austin and will be finished in October of this year.

In May, the Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas became platinum LEED certified as a result of its landscape architecture and rooftop solar panels that power at least half of the rooms and avoid 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Located at 1315 Barbara Jordan Boulevard and completed in 2007, this 28,500 square foot facility is the first solar-powered Ronald McDonald House in the world.

Austin area stores go green

As environmental awareness becomes an increasingly important issue, Austinites may find themselves shifting from just keeping Austin weird to keeping Austin weird and green. In an effort to help lessen their carbon footprint, many Austin area companies are working to make their businesses more environmentally friendly through energy efficient and sustainable practices. Two national retailers, Recreational Equipment Inc. and Office Depot, are using the Austin area as the stage for their green transformations.

REI plans to open a store in Round Rock this fall to test its new green-building prototype design. The new retail location is the second of its kind for the company, which opened another eco-friendly store in Boulder, Colorado last October.

Office Depot plans to open its first green location on Anderson Lane this summer. This store will be one of the premier projects to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification under standards set forth by the United States Green Building Council.

According to the United States Green Building Council Website, “LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.”