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Green Design & Sustainability


"We have not inherited the world from our fathers -- we have borrowed it from our children."

Kashmiri proverb

Sustainability and eco-design aren’t new concepts, but they are becoming more important for a number of reasons. Sustainable design helps reduce the depletion of our natural resources, helps to offset the effect of continually rising energy prices, and improves the quality of life in communities and workplaces.Building green involves carefully analyzing a variety of interconnected issues in order to develop an integrated design. Some issues to consider are energy and water efficiency, lighting and mechanical design, waste management, use of the natural site, building materials, and resource-efficient construction. By evaluating a project in a holistic manner, it is possible to meet environmental goals and project budgets. The truth is building green is not only the right thing to do, but also good business.

Committment to Solar Energy

MSP is pleased to be a consultant to Sol Ventus Partners LLC
(SVP). SVP is a for-profit Independent Power Producer (IPP) whose focus is to partner with governmental and non-profit agencies in order to help them reap the energy cost savings and goodwill widely associated with solar alternative energy.

If a client is interested in a solar array, MSP begins by performing
a feasibility study (using a computerized shade study) to determine
if a solar array is viable for them.

Click here (or on the image to your right) to view a recent computer animated fly-through of a feasibility study that MSP performed for a public school.

Some of MSP's recent projects using sustainable principals have also
been some of our most creative and successful.

  • The award-winning new offices for GE Aviation, North Pointe at
    Union Center,
    has achieved LEED® Gold certification. Sustainble design features include utilizing concrete Tilt-up panels for the
    exterior bearing walls, providing open land, premium parking spaces
    for Low E/fuel efficient vehicles, treatment of storm water run-off, daylighting, irrigations systems, utilizing a Horizontal Water Source
    Heat Pumps syste, a Green Power purchase agreement, and use of local building materials.

  • The Butler Technology and Career Development Schools D.
    Russel Lee Career Center renovation
    project has achieved LEED® Gold certification.

  • The Winton Woods Office and Retail Center won an "Honorable Mention" at the AIA Committee on the Environment Cincinnati Sustainability Awards, as well as a "Superior" Award in Park
    Development from OPRA (Ohio Parks and Recreation Association). Sustainable features include a geothermal system for heating and cooling, reliance on natural lighting, certified lumber, waterless
    urinals, and high recycled content in materials. The site design also includes sustainable rain gardens.

  • The award-winning new campus for the Art Academy of Cincinnati involved an innovative renovation of a historic downtown building, and has achieved LEEDŽ certification.

  • The College of Mount St. Joseph recently became the first local college to have a green roof on a major building. Containing about 8,880 plants, the green roof on the school’s Archbishop Alter Library
    will reduce heating and cooling costs, extend the lifespan of the roof membrane, and decrease storm water runoff and pollutants into
    storm sewers.

  • The Savannah Center at Chappell Crossing features a geothermal system that heats and cools the 40,000 SF banquet facility. A geothermal heat pump system consists of heat pumps that use
    ground temperature rather than air temperature to heat a building.
    As the majority of the heating and cooling being done is provided by
    the temperature of the earth, much less energy is required, and the result is that the owner saves money in utility costs and less fossil
    fuels are used.

  • The West Chester Muhlhauser Barn events and learning center project incorporates sustainable design principles through its re-use of the original barn structure (which dates back to 1881). The barn serves as an anchor to the existing trails, woods and lakes nearby, allowing the community to enjoy the open, green space.

  • MSP designed the parking lot for Two Waterstone Place (Miller-Valentine Group Cincinnati offices) to utilize Bio-swale, or rain gardens; a sustainable design feature that helps reduce pollution and beautifies the environment.

  • Emphasizing an interaction with neighbors and nature, the design of the SugarCreek Active Adult Housing project is that of a "Cluster Community", which positions housing close together in order to both create a greater sense of community and make the most of the natural open space.
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