Recently I was asked to document the ceremony at green|spaces when they were awarded the first Commercial Platinum LEED Certification in the state of Tennessee. The people of green|spaces have incredible vision and their goal is to enable others in the area to build using the most eco-friendly materials and sustainable methods.
In their article announcing this certification, The Chattanoogan describes some of the creative techniques used to construct their offices:
The building itself, with few existing walls and an ideal orientation for daylighting, was essentially gutted during the project, with as much of the demolition material put to reuse, as possible. Innovative examples include large steel beam repurposed as a stair stringer and wood joists used as stair treads and miscellaneous framing. Scrap wood strips from a nearby millwork shop were constructed into a bookshelf. The building’s entry canopy was constructed from cedar timbers that were salvaged from a nearby barn, and building scraps from the entry canopy construction were then utilized to build the meeting tables for the space.
Mayors Littlefield and Ramsey spoke at the ceremony as did Senators Bo Watson and Andy Burke, who presented a joint resolution from the Tennessee Senate congratulating green|spaces for receiving this certification. Afterwards, Jeff Cannon and Anj McClain (green|spaces’ co-directors) thanked the large crowd in attendance for their support.
Congratulations, green|spaces on a well-deserved honor.