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Sustainable Development Strategies

Earthly Ideas’ Sustainable Design Portfolio

Since our founding in 1992, we have successfully assisted over seven dozen sustainability projects/clients nationwide. Below is a sampling of our green building projects. Please click on the project name for detailed information on its sustainable attributes.

  • Commercial Projects
    • Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe – Located in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, this 2012 – 2014 project renovated two buildings to provide a full-service hotel featuring a pedestrian promenade and extensive gardens.
    • Mercury Corporate Headquarters – Providing extensive daylight and views to its occupants, this three-story, high-tech office building attained LEED® Gold in 2014.
    • San Francisco Toyota Showroom – Originally constructed in 1922, this former horse barn turned car dealership reached its goal of LEED Platinum in 2012 with Earthly Ideas’ assistance.
    • AMC Randhurst 12 Theatres – Opened in April 2011, this Chicagoland project was the first AMC Theatre to pursue LEED® certification and became the first LEED certified movie theatre in the Midwest in December of that year.
    • Three Springs Durango Neighborhood – Founded on the principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), this 2003 master planned community in Durango, Colorado also embraces sustainable development.
    • Whole Foods Market Corporate HQ Expansion – The Environmental Protection Agency profiled this Austin, Texas renovation project as a construction waste reduction record-setter in 2000.
    • Tesoros Trading Company – This growing company renovated the 1893 Wroe-Bustin house for use as office and warehouse space in Austin, Texas during 1996 – 1998.
    • Whole Foods Market Corporate HQ Construction – This building served as the prototype for the City of Austin’s Commercial Green Building Program during its development from 1993 – 1995.
  • Institutional Projects
    • La Plata County Courthouse – This renovation project will house federal and state district court facilities and county offices and apply to become LEED certified when completed in 2016.
    • Berndt Hall Reconstruction for Geosciences/Physics/Engineering at Fort Lewis College – Slated to open in the fall of 2016, this new academic building will house state-of-the-art research spaces and is registered with the LEED green building program.
    • Science and Nursing Building at Kent State University at Stark – Earthly Ideas supported the construction team in its pursuit of LEED certification for this North Canton, Ohio academic facility, which opened in the fall of 2015.
    • Montezuma-Cortez High School – This high-tech, high-performance 35-acre campus in Cortez, Colorado opened for classes in August 2015 and is registered with the certification goal of LEED Gold.
    • La Plata County Administration Building – Awarded LEED Gold in 2015, the renovation and expansion of this 1969 former bank building demonstrates a continued commitment to maintaining the County’s presence in downtown Durango, Colorado.
    • Animas-La Plata Project Permanent Operating Facility – This operations and maintenance support facility located in Durango, Colorado balanced the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings with LEED Gold certification, which it earned in 2014.
    • Silverton School Comprehensive Rehabilitation – Comprised of a 1911 school and 1937 gym in a historic mining town in Colorado, this 2011-2012 restoration project is the first LEED Gold certified historic school renovation in the United States.
    • Adkins Arboretum – In order to broaden its educational offerings and research initiatives to accommodate a growing visitorship on the Delmarva Peninsula of Maryland, the Arboretum is expanding and renovating its Visitor Center and creating an ecologically sensitive entry and parking area.
    • Student Union Addition at Fort Lewis College – Opened in 2010, this addition houses the dining, serving, and support spaces for food service and is the third building on campus to earn LEED Gold certification.
    • Erie High Charter School – This project welcomed students in September 2010 and was the first LEED certified high school and the first LEED Gold K-12 educational facility in the state of Kansas.
    • Berndt Hall Reconstruction for Biology at Fort Lewis College – Daylit laboratories and salvaged materials were two of the initiatives that contributed to this 2010 building earning LEED Gold certification.
    • Animas Hall at Fort Lewis College – Combining living and learning, this 3-story residence hall was the first building on Durango, Colorado campus to earn LEED certification in 2010.
    • Bell Prairie Elementary School – North Kansas City Schools’ twenty-first elementary school earned LEED Gold in 2009, making it the first elementary school and K-12 educational facility to receive that designation in the state of Missouri.
    • Durango Public Library – This project became the first City of Durango facility to earn LEED certification and the first LEED Gold certified library in southwestern Colorado in 2009.
    • Staley High School – Completed in 2008, this fourth high school for North Kansas City Schools was the first K-12 educational facility to earn LEED certification in the state of Missouri.
    • Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center – This world-class facility was the first project in Texas and the 50th in the world to earn Platinum certification for the LEED for New Construction rating system in 2008.
    • Durango Discovery Museum – The cleanup, renovation, and restoration of the exterior of the historic 1893 Powerhouse in 2006 allowed the property to open as the Durango Discovery Museum (aka the POW) in 2011.
    • George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center – In 2006, this African-American history and achievement museum was the third facility to earn LEED certification for the City of Austin.
    • Carver Branch Library – This renovation and expansion project for the City of Austin’s Library Department earned its LEED certification in 2006.
    • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing and Student Community Center – This building received a record eight American Institute of Architects awards including being honored as one of the Committee on the Environment Top Ten projects in 2006.
    • Austin Convention Center Expansion – Deconstruction Phase – This 1998 – 1999 endeavor was the first phase of achieving a sustainable Austin Convention Center expansion.
    • Pickle Elementary School / St. John Community Center
  • Industrial Projects
    • Ska Brewing Company – Opened in 2008, the new “world headquarters” in Durango, Colorado exceeded its owners’ expectations for brewing 20,000 barrels of beer annually during 2011.
    • Balcones Resources – Austin – This 1996 renovation epitomizes sustainable development through the reuse of the embodied energy and material resources of the existing facility.
    • Balcones Resources – Dallas – At the time of its completion in 1996, the largest high grade paper recycling facility in the United States contained a number of innovative “green” materials and concepts.