A team comprised of some of the region’s leading green building professionals have formed The Restorative Design Collective to build a cutting-edge green science building for the Bertschi School, an independent elementary school on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Working pro bono, the team is designing the new science building to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge, a deep-green building program which encourages projects to achieve self-sufficiency by generating all of their own energy with renewable resources, harvesting and treating all of their own water on site, and operating at maximum levels of efficiency with a healthy indoor environment.
The Restorative Design Collective was founded by Stacy Smedley and Chris Hellstern of KMD Architects. Smedley commented: “We were inspired at Cascadia’s Living Future Conference last May and saw an opportunity to use our collective brainpower to gain valuable experience working on a Living Building project while making a difference. With The Restorative Design Collective, the team gets to strengthen our skills and build our knowledge, while the next generation of leaders at this local school can learn how sustainable systems work through observation and first-hand experience in their new classroom.”
With only a handful of local construction projects following the Living Building Challenge’s guidelines, Bertschi School’s new science building – slated for completion in November of 2010 – has the potential to be the first Living Building finished in the State of Washington.