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Sun N Fun Featured in SRQ Magazine

Sun N Fun's Lifestyle Wellness Building made a splash this month when it was featured in the Janruary 2013 issue of SRQ Magazine. The project earned LEED-NC Gold last year and has been featured in both local and national publications.

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Topics: green, sarasota, LEED AP, pool, fitness, Jedd Heap, gold LEED

Sarasota Military Academy breaks ground on a new Classroom Building

November 29th, 2012
Sarasota, Florida

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Topics: green, carlson, sarasota, school, high school, military

Local AIA chapter features CSA's Sun N Fun project at annual meeting

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to tour Sarasota’s newest LEED Gold building, Sun N Fun’s Lifestyle Wellness Center. This year the Gulfcoast AIA will be hosting free tours of the project at their annual meeting. Also in attendance will be members of the Green Drinks networking group, USGBC, CSI, and GBCX members. All are welcome to attend and enjoy cocktails & hor d’oeuvres on the pool deck.

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Topics: LEED, green building, sarasota, Jedd Heap, aia, Michael Carlson, florida

Carlson Studio to be featured on the cover of Enviromental Desgin + Construction Magazine

EDC, the official magazine for the LEED professional, is proud to announce that Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Grace Carlson, APR, LEED Green Associate, of Carlson Studio Architecture are the winners of EDC’s “Get Exposure for Your LEED Project” contest.

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Topics: architecture, LEED, sarasota, Michael Carlson, building hope

Carlson Studio and Sarasota County highlighted as local leaders in sustainability by the AIA

Local Leaders in Sustainability: Green Incentive Trends is a joint effort with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to help local government officials incentivize green construction in their communities. State and local government green building incentives range from options that are virtually cost-free to those that involve more investment. The most attractive incentives are tax incentives, density/floor area ratio bonuses, and expedited permitting. The findings show that communities should select incentives based on their financial situation and desired impact on the construction industry. The simpler the policy, the more likely it is to be implemented successfully.

This Local Leaders report focuses on five key areas of green incentives: financial costs, oversight structure, local political and cultural environment, limits to power, and industry engagement. Green Incentive Trends analyzes initiatives instituted by localities across the country in recent years to provide in-depth best practice examples and a focused analysis on strategies that work well for different communities. The report also highlights innovative green architecture and interviews with the architects and local officials that are making it possible. Green building market transformation is accelerating, and these incentives are useful tools to help communities shift toward a sustainable future.

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Topics: green, LEED, sarasota, aia, sustainability, leader

Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center, new Landmark!

by Harold Bubil
HeraldTribune, Real Estate Editor

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Topics: green, usgbc, LEED, Sustainable, sarasota, Jedd Heap, architect, project architect, Michael Carlson

Michael Carlson discusses Green Building with Sarasota's "City Business"

Recently Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP sat down "City Business" to discuss green buiding, LEED, and the Cancer Support Community Building Hope project.


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Topics: cancer, LEED, sarasota, Michael Carlson

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

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.

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Topics: carlson, usgbc, LEED, Sustainable, green building, sarasota, consulting

Sarasota Magazine deams Cancer Support Community "Instant Landmark"

In the recent Chariety Register issue of Sarasota Magazine, the Cancer Support Community's new home was described as an Instant Landmark.

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Topics: green, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Sustainable, sarasota, healthcare, architect

Cancer Support Community Achieves LEED Gold Designation from U.S. Green Building Council

May 27, 2011     Sarasota, FL – When it opened last fall, the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast’s new facility turned heads with unique architectural elements like the reclaimed 150-year-old Florida pine entry pillars and environmentally-friendly building design.  The 11,142-square-foot building nestled on 2.2 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded by a nature preserve is home to a unique mission: providing free psycho-social support services to anyone affected by cancer.  Now the Sarasota nonprofit and those it serves have new cause for celebration: the building is the first health facility in Sarasota County to earn LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Michael, Sustainable, sarasota, healthcare, award, florida

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