On October 29th, Jordan & Skala Engineers proudly accepted the 2014 EarthCraft Communities Project of the Year Award at the Celebration of Excellence. The $28.3M redevelopment of the former Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing project in Decatur, Georgia was selected for its quality, innovative design, and showcase of sustainability. The three-phase development included 191 units of high-quality, environmentally friendly housing for low-income families and senior citizens.
The project’s unique features included an innovative fresh air unit ventilation design, the utilization of rain water collection for water savings, the capturing of photovoltaic solar energy, high-efficiency geothermal heating and cooling for common areas, and the supplementation of electrical services by solar energy. Additional on-site amenities included an equipped playground, a community garden, laundry facilities, and a half-mile landscaped walking trail. The complex is conveniently located near public transportation, schools, employment opportunities, retail, dining, parks, as well as medical, recreational, and cultural/religious facilities.
Over 100 green building professionals attended the Celebration of Excellence hosted by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface. This event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the EarthCraft program. “The EarthCraft professionals recognized at this event have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the green building industry in the Southeast by building high quality homes, workplaces, and communities that are comfortable, durable, and resource efficient. We are proud of the outstanding work they do in our region,” remarked Scott Lee, director of residential green building services at Southface.
For more information on the 2014 EarthCraft Communities Project of the Year, please visit Southface/EarthCraft’s press release or Patch’s article about the Allen Wilson Housing project.