Earth Day 2015 Announcement
GGLO, Skanska and Miller Hull to Design
Eastern Washington University Sustainability Center
The Sustainability Center will be the first for a public university to achieve the Living Building Challenge Certification.
In observance of Earth Day, we are excited to announce that GGLO’s landscape architecture group will be partnering with Skanska and Miller Hull to design Eastern Washington University’s new Sustainability Center, a project that is targeting the newest version of the Living Building Challenge (3.0).
The Sustainability Center will be a focal point of teaching, learning and community engagement on the Eastern Washington University campus. Targeting the built environment’s most advanced measure of sustainability, the project will be net-positive for water, energy and waste.
The GGLO team is designing the center’s landscapes to act as an incubator for resilient, high-producing sustainable research and practices that can directly teach students and visitors alike.
Located on the edge of the Palouse Bioregion, with annual average rainfall of only 19-inches, the Sustainability Center gardens will include agro-ecology, native plant communities and water-wise permaculture strategies including Apple Tree Guilds.
The Sustainability Center will be GGLO’s third project targeting Living Building Challenge. GGLO was the landscape architect for the Bertschi School’s Living Building Science Wing, certified as the first Living Building on the West Coast, fourth in the world and the first LBC project to achieve v2.0 certification.
With decades of experience researching and applying sustainable design to communities of all scales, GGLO has built a deep understanding of different sustainable design methods and practices.