The four-story, 28,500-square-foot building is located on an urban brownfield site. The first floor contains a cheese factory and ice cream shop while the upper three floors contain multiple organizations that make up the Healing Collaborative: Aurora Healthcare Community Clinic, the Healing Center and CORE/El Centro. The project includes a green roof that produces vegetables for the community and serves as therapy for participants in the Healing Collaborative program.
This building raises awareness for its occupants and users of how we interact with our physical environment. The application of passive measures were fully explored and exploited, before the introduction of any active measures. Sustainable goals were:
- Reduce energy consumption by 50% based on ASHRAE 90.1 through sunshades and natural daylight.
- Reduce water consumption by a minimum of 60% by capturing rainwater for the green roof and using stormwater for flushing all the toilets.
- Use salvaged materials, rapidly renewable materials and recycled materials for a minimum of 50% of the building.
- Divert 99% of construction material waste from landfills.
- Focus on Energy Award of Excellence, SE2, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, 2013
- Top Ten Green Project, AIA Committee on the Environment, 2013
- Merit Award, AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, 2013
- State Farm Building Block MANDI Award, LISC Milwaukee, 2013
- First Place, Environmentally Friendly Project, Business Journal Real Estate Awards, 2013
- Top Project, The Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Builder, 2012
- Vision Ingenuity Award, WCREW, 2012
- Best Green Building Award, ENR Midwest Magazine, 2012
- Project of Distinction, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., 2012