The building we share with Modus Studio + Shop and Crown Barbershop has earned the prestigious LEED Platinum Seal – the highest level of green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The building was the only project in the state to receive LEED Platinum certification in 2017.
“This project sets a strong example of leadership in action” says Linda K. Smith, USGBC Director for Arkansas and Oklahoma. “This LEED Platinum certification is an opportunity to highlight the highest level of building performance in Northwest Arkansas and clearly demonstrates the owner’s commitment to sustainable practices.”
The building was originally constructed in 1955 as the warehouse for Ozarks Electric Cooperative and later served as a television studio. The building, owned by Specialized Real Estate Group and Modus Studio, was fully renovated in 2013, and a second-story apartment with a private roofdeck and green roof was added. The renovation, designed by Modus Studio, preserves vestiges of the building’s past: garage doors are now large banks of windows, and shipping bays are preserved as a mezzanine level.
Innovative features of the building include:
- A distinctive black rainscreen finished with an ancient Japanese technique. Arkansas cypress was finished with shou-sugi-ban, a charred finish achieved with a custom kiln built by Modus Shop. The long-lived finish is resistant to insects and moisture, and avoids the use of chemical finishes.
- Energy and water-saving fixtures and appliances, and natural lighting throughout.
- Green landscape features: drought resistant landscaping including native plants chosen to attract pollinators, a water-permeable parking area, green roof, and a rainwater cistern.
To celebrate this achievement, the building owners invite the public to an open house on Wednesday, January 17 from 4-6pm. Architects and developers will offer tours of the building highlighting the green building elements. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and Linda K. Smith, USGBC Director for Arkansas and Oklahoma will present the LEED Seal, and refreshments will be served.