Over the past several years, our country has experienced an explosion of environmental awareness. Sustainable Design has truly become mainstream. Amy Nichols has been incorporating sustainable practices on her projects for over ten years. To further her commitment to green design, Amy passed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors exam and is now a LEED Accredited Professional.
LEED ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL
Recently, DesignWorks Studio completed work on two very different projects, both involving sustainable design principles.
Bellaboo's is a new 22,000 sq. foot Children's Edutainment (play and discovery) Center located in owned and operated by the Lake County Parks & Recreation Department, in Lake Station, Indiana. The project was developed with sustainable features including natural day lighting and green building materials. The facility includes a central café surrounded by various children’s play spaces such as a train room, water play area, art studio, cooking area, and a pretend village.
The Immaculata Monastery is a remodel of a 120,000 sq. foot convent and retreat center for the Missionary Benedictine Sisters located in Norfolk, Nebraska. The facility features 90 Sister and retreat rooms, a Chapel, main dining room, conference center, convent offices, and various living and support spaces. This client was also very interested in incorporating sustainable design features into their building in support of their values of ecology and respect for the Earth. Many green finishes were used on this project including cork floors, carpets with recycled backing systems, low VOC paints., recycled rubber flooring, and recycled porcelain tiles.
Bellaboo's Children's Discovery Center,
Lake Station, IN