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Cottonwood Cove earns LEED Gold certification!

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013
  
  
  
  

April 10, 2013 – Sarasota, FL – The Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave made history this month by achieving LEED-NC LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s first LEED certified floating green building. This eco-friendly marina, located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside of Las Vegas, was designed by Florida’s premier green design team, Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA). CSA, based in Sarasota, was selected for this unique project because of its diverse sustainable design experience.  The project, spearheaded by the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC, serves as the marina’s operations office, and is literally floating ON Lake Mohave.  This project marks the 12th LEED certified project the firm has been responsible for. 

“Using a team approach and the integrated design process, we were able to seamlessly incorporate environmentally friendly features throughout the project,” explained Project Architect Michael R. Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “A committed ownership group, a skilled design team and conscientious contractor makes projects like this especially rewarding.”

The floating eco-friendly structure features sustainable modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. The modular wall and roof system is constructed of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) designed to lessen the amount of construction waste, improve the insulation value of the building and provide a tighter envelope than traditional construction. The SIPs also lowered the overall weight of the building, decreasing the load on the floating foundation system. Decking is made of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic, and the exterior stucco contains recycled tire particles. Use of low or no volatile organic compound materials, paints and adhesives will rid the building of the typical “new building” smell, improving the overall indoor air quality.

The project’s key green building design features include:

  • Extensive energy saving materials and systems, including high-performance insulated glass
  • High-efficient HVAC equipment

Extensive use of recycled and regionally extracted and/or manufactured materials, such as steel, drywall, metal studs, carpet, etc.

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LEED Gold 'Sun N Fun' featured on the Cover of Modern Steel Construction

Posted on Wed, Oct 31, 2012
  
  
  
  

Featured on the cover of nationaly circulated Modern Steel Construction Magazine is Carlson Studio's very own Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center. An article co-writen by CSA's Jedd W. Heap, AIA, LEED AP and Hees & Assocaites owner Karl Hees, P.E., S.I., F.ASCE describes the steel and wood structural system from concept to completion. Click the link below to read more.

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Two Carlson Studio projects win USGBC Gulfcoast chapter awards!

Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2012
  
  
  
  

LEEDership Award Winners Celebrate!
St. Petersburg, FL --- The U.S. Green Building Council - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its third annual LEEDership Awards on October  23rd, 2012, recognizing and honoring those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are ‘LEEDing the Way’ to a more sustainable built environment on the Gulf Coast of Florida and beyond.

Alexis Muellner, Editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, emceed the evening at the beautiful Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. The event included a Networking/Cocktail Hour in the Gardens, delicious appetizers and the Awards Ceremony to conclude the evening.

Mayor Bill Foster graciously accepted the award for Municipality of the Year on behalf of the City of St. Petersburg, and many other green building leaders were in attendance to celebrate the projects that were nominated and won awards at the event.

Over 100 attendees celebrated the successes of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council over the past year.

2012 LEEDership Awards Winners

Outstanding LEED  for Commercial Interiors
Carlson Studio Architecture
« Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery Center


Outstanding LEED Core and Shell
Carlson Studio Eco Consulting
«City of Sarasota- Palm Avenue Parking Garage


Outstanding LEED Existing Buildings
« Waldemere Medical Plaza

Outstanding LEED for Homes – Multi-Family
« Eco Oaks Apartments

Outstanding Chapter Member of the Year
« Taylor Ralph – with REAL Building Consultants

Outstanding LEED for Existing Buildings - School
«Pasco County – Marlowe Elementary

Outstanding LEED for New Construction -- Government
« Ft. Pierce U.S. Courthouse(GSA)

Outstanding LEED for New Construction – Higher Education
« UF – Hough Hall Graduate School of Business

Outstanding LEED for New Construction -- Retail
« Dunkin’ Donuts – St. Petersburg

Outstanding LEED for New Construction -- General
« Anna Maria Island Historic Green Village

Outstanding Green Business
« Gilbane Building Company

Outstanding Green Government
« City of St. Petersburg

Presidents Award – Outstanding Service to the Green Building Community
« Progress Energy 

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USGBC Chapter President Jennifer McAlister, CSA's Jedd Heap, Award Presenter, & CSA's Michael Carlson
   

Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center, new Landmark!

Posted on Wed, Mar 14, 2012
  
  
  
  

by Harold Bubil
HeraldTribune, Real Estate Editor

Sarasota's newest architectural landmark brings the city's modernist tradition to an unlikely place: a resort and campground.

Recently celebrating 50 years in business, Sun-n-Fun on Fruitville Road, just east of Interstate 75, is known for its collection of mobile homes, recreational vehicles and modest buildings that serve the needs of its clients. Now it has a monumental piece of design — the newly opened, $5.5 million Indoor Pool and Wellness Center, an 18,000-square-foot structure that houses a 25-meter therapy pool, exercise rooms and locker rooms on the west side of the 147-acre campus.

"We wanted the 'wow!' factor," said Tim Deputy, Sun-n-Fun's general manager.

They — Sun-n-Fun management and the facility's owner, Royalty Resorts of England — got it with a gleaming white structure that has walls of glass and a curving roof arching from south to north, and faces the large, 50-year-old outdoor pool.

"It just brings a smile to your face because you know you are in a resort," said Tim Deputy, Sun-n-Fun's general manager. "You are not in a campground, you are in a resort, and I think it makes a quality statement.

"We like to think of ourselves as a leader" in the resort and campground industry, Deputy said. "We knew that by making that statement, it would take us that far ahead ... to what our new guests will appreciate."

It seems to be working...read more

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Sun N Fun's "Green" Lifestyle Wellness Center on SNN6

Posted on Mon, Jan 09, 2012
  
  
  
  
By Thomas Becnel
Herald Tribune

Sun-N-Fun, the huge RV resort east of Interstate 75, draws camping fans from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
Wait — make that from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
More than 1,500 Midwestern and Canadian snowbirds visit the Sarasota park each winter. The Fruitville Road facility offers everything from tennis and golf — well, disc golf — to swimming and volleyball, shuffleboard and lawn bowling.
Now the two-time "Mega-Resort of the Year" is about to open a $5.5-million indoor pool and health club.
"We're looking forward to the gym," said JoAnn Boehlke of Ontario. "They've got something for everyone."
Boehlke is a 63-year-old retiree, which people find hard to believe, because she looks like a 43-year-old gymnast. She used to play volleyball and tennis — she won a Florida Senior Games singles title — but a rotator cuff injury sent her to the pool.

"Now I'm up to swimming half a mile," she says, "and doing water aerobics."

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Case study of Learning Gate Community School is being featured on the USGBC website

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011
  
  
  
  
As part of its hands-on, nature-based curriculum, Learning Gate School has chosen to build all future additions to its campus in an environmentally friendly way. Learning Gate required additional classroom space for its growing student body and for this project, they chose to achieve LEED for Schools Platinum status. The students have become ambassadors for the project and have absorbed the principles within their daily routines.

This LEED project encompasses three structures connected by a covered walkway with spaces including four restrooms and ten classrooms. One classroom was set aside for green and public education and will be available for use after hours and on weekends. This classroom highlights the technical and material features of the building. more at USGBC.org
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Carlson Studio Architecture Wins 3 Awards At US Green Building Council LEEDership Awards

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011
  
  
  
  

Sarasota’s Carlson Studio Architecture, a regional leader in sustainable design, won 3 awards at the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter LEEDership Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in St. Petersburg. CSA received awards in the following categories:

Outstanding Project of the Year LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) for the design and construction of the firm’s own offices, located in downtown Sarasota.   The offices of Carlson Studio Architecture received LEED- CI Silver Certification from the USGBC in 2007, making it only the third LEED-CI Certified project in Florida at the time of certification.  Sarasota’s RC Moore Construction was the General Contractor.

Outstanding Project of the Year LEED for Schools (K-12) for the Learning Gate Community School, located in Lutz, FL.  This project received LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and was also recognized as the first LEED Platinum Public Charter School in the Country.  Local consultant Two Trails was the LEED administrator for the project, and Charles Girard was the General Contractor.

Outstanding Project of the Year LEED-NC (New Construction) for the design of the Cancer Support Community’s new facility located in Lakewood Ranch, FL.  This project received LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC.  Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. was the General Contractor.

The LEEDership Awards program, hosted by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC, was started in 2010 as a way to support the chapter’s mission of encouraging environmental knowledge and values as they relate to the built environment. For more information, visit www.usgbc-fgc.org.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. (http://www.usgbc.org)

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Left to Right: Presenter Judah Rubin, LEED-AP, Jedd Heap, AIA, LEED-AP (CSA), Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED-AP (CSA)

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CSA's Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery, featured on ABC 7' Green Living Segment

Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2011
  
  
  
  

This week reporter Scott Denis from ABC 7 featured the LEED Certified Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery Office on his "Green Living" segment.

"A Suncoast doctor wanted his office to be not just a place that promotes health, but a healthy environment as well.  Plastic Surgeon Dr. Joshua Kreithen has accomplished both with one of the first LEED-certified doctor's offices in the state.

You feel relaxed from the moment you walk in. The soothing sounds, attractive building materials and the extensive use of natural lighting..." Click here for the full article

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City of Sarasota's Palm Avenue Garage Wins Award from ENR Southeast

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2011
  
  
  
  

After extensive review, the judges for ENR Southeast's annual "Best Projects" competition met Sept. 8 and determined this year's winners. The judges chose 35 winners from a group of more than 100 entries from the states of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. They picked a top winner in each category, along with "Award of Merit" winners in many of the categories. The Palm Avenue Garage earned and "Award of Merit" in the transportaion catagory.

The Palm Avenue Garage was designed by JPA Architects and built by Suffolk Construction. Carlson Studio Eco-Consulting provided green design & LEED Administration services for the project team. The Garage is seeking LEED CS Gold certification with USGBC's LEED Greenbuilding rating system.

Green featrures include LED lighting, shade structures on the west fascade, daylighting in the retail and parking spaces, and PV panels on the roof. Energy Effiecent mechanial units and low VOC materials were also included in the building.

see the other winners

LEED Gold Garage 

Photo by Barry Grossman, Grossman Photography, Grossmanphoto.com
   

Florida Trend asks Michael Carlson, Why we build green?

Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2011
  
  
  
  

What's the biggest reason your company builds green and the biggest reason your customers say they want to build green?

"Green buildings are better buildings for the money than non-green buildings.  Now that there is a widely recognized, sophisticated way to determine how green a building is, and have that tested and verified by an independent 3rd party (the LEED rating system from the USGBC) we can determine how much better each design is.  We designed our first green building in 2000.  Our clients are motivated differently to build green.  Most like the savings generated by energy and water conservation combined with higher quality of interior space that is healthier to live or work in.  Both are quality of life issues.  Some are motivated to save money while others share our concerns about the future of the planet." - Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Florida Trend Magazine, Cynthia Barnett

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