Gallery: Olympia’s New Water Education Center Aims for LEED Platinum

 

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated that the total energy spent nationwide to supply drinking water and process waste-water releases 116 billion pounds of carbon dioxide annually — approximately the same quantity of emissions as 10 million cars. Unsurprisingly, many US cities are finding ways to save money and make their water treatment facilities as environmentally-friendly as possible. In Washington, a brand new LEED Platinum-aspiring water education center has opened next to the city’s sewage treatment plant. Designed by the award-winning architectural firm, The Miller Hull Partnership, the project features a green roof, exhibit halls, classrooms, and an ornamental pond and fountain fed by reclaimed water from the treatment plant.

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  1. San Ysidro Border Cross... September 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

    […] more cars even quicker — plus the entire project will be net zero. Seattle architecture firm The Miller Hull Partnership is responsible for the new design, which will feature solar energy, rainwater catchment, and target […]

  2. KatieZed August 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This is a nice round up of the project but you missed two of the most interesting pieces: the reclaimed water system and cogeneration plant.

    First, LOTT not only goes to the next level by educating the public about water efficiency…. it provides reclaimed water to users. The building itself is plumbed so that reclaimed water goes straight to toilets, rather than using potable water for flushing. If we\\\\\\\’re really talking about cutting water use, this is the next step and LOTT is (at least somewhat) already there. Second, the cogeneration plant captures waste heat energy and uses it for all the building\\\\\\\’s heating and cooling needs. I wrote about the building here: http://www.djc.com/news/co/12020714, my green building blog is here: http://www.djc.com/blogs/BuildingGreen/

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