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Bud Clark Commons: a Top Green Project - April 23, 2014

In celebration of Earth Day, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its annual Top Ten Green Projects list – and our very own Bud Clark Commons made the cut!

Based in Washington DC, the AIA has been a leading professional association for architects and allied partners for over 150 years.  Together with its Committee on the Environment, AIA chooses ten prime examples of ecological and sustainable architecture every year.

The only residential building to make this year’s top ten, Bud Clark Commons is the cornerstone of our fight to end homelessness in our community. 

Nick was pleased to bring Bud Clark Commons to life during his time as Housing Commissioner.  The City was proud to partner with Home Forward and Transition Projects to build the Commons, which provides healthcare, shelter, permanent homes, counseling, job training, and more for some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals. The facility has 90 temporary beds for men, 130 furnished studio apartments, a walk-in Day Center, and a beautiful public courtyard.

Transformed by Holst Architecture, the former brownfield site is now a shining example of sustainability.  By using local, green resources, Bud Clark Commons was built to stand the test of time – and earned a LEED Platinum rating.  The building uses a solar hot water heating system, low-flow fixtures and Energy Star appliances, harvests rainwater, has eco-roofs, and employs a large-scale greywater recycling system. 

Congratulations, Bud Clark Commons!