Using one-half the energy and one-third the potable water of a comparable building, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Heifer International World Headquarters reflects the sustainable mission of its owner and developer, Heifer International—a nonprofit group dedicated to alleviating hunger and creating self-sustaining communities worldwide. The 94,000-square-foot (8,733-m2) corporate headquarters consolidates the organization’s operations—previously scattered in multiple buildings around Little Rock—in a single structure on a 25-acre lot located adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Library, a pedestrian entertainment district, and a 60-acre (24.3-ha) greenbelt. Arkansas’s largest brownfield reclamation, Heifer International World Headquarters has served as a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of Little Rock’s underused warehouse district.
Bethel Commercial Center is a mixed-use transit-oriented commercial center adjacent to a Green Line “L” station in a low-income neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. The 22,000-square-foot (2,044-m2) center includes ground-floor retail space, employment and job-training offices, a bank—the only full-service one in the neighborhood—and a daycare center, allowing residents to drop off and pick up children and to get to and from work, all without the use of a car. The building, which uses approximately 50 percent less energy than conventional construction, achieved a LEED-Gold rating in 2008.
The Ecovillage at Currumbin is an innovative 110-hectare (272 ac), 144-unit residential community that showcases best practices in ecologically sustainable residential development. Conceived and implemented with minimal resources by a small group of individuals who wished to inspire improved practices in land development, the project is being developed on degraded farmland on the exurban fringe of Gold Coast City, a major resort city on Queensland’s Pacific Ocean coast. The project site is seven minutes from the shore. The developer, Landmatters Currumbin Valley Property Ltd., has rehabilitated the site and is protecting its environmental integrity and biodiversity by preserving 50 percent of it as an environmental reserve, netting 80 percent of the property as open space.
The result of a partnership between nonprofit developer Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition and the Milpitas Redevelopment Agency, DeVries Place is a housing project for seniors that has become the cornerstone of the city’s downtown revitalization effort. Situated on a historic yet underused site in the town’s center, DeVries Place provides 103 affordable rental homes for low- to very-low-income seniors. Helping restore the character of the town’s Main Street by incorporating a historic home, the apartments are within walking distance of the newly renovated municipal library and a soon-to-be-completed modern medical center.