From the Site Studio

Environmental Ranking for the Environment: Sustainable SITES Initiative

Swaner Board WalkThe U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System is a well know certification criteria for assessing the environmental impact of new and remodeled building projects. But what about the impact of the landscapes near and on which those buildings sit? The Sustainable Sites Initiative and the corresponding SITES™ Rating System is a collaboration between the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden. It is an environmental ranking system specifically for the land, and covers things such as Open Spaces, Plazas, Yards, and Commercial/Government Grounds. Continue reading

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From the Preservation Studio

Paid to Preserve: Historic Tax Credits

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People are generally happy about saving our historic buildings, right? They have a charm and irreplaceable quality that even casual inhabitants notice…until you add a price tag. Unfortunately, preserving historic buildings is not always cheap. While the building being preserved of course already exists, renovating, restoring or rehabilitating it has to be done in a pre-existing context that isn’t always cost-effective. Many of the techniques for cutting costs used in new construction simply can’t apply to existing, and especially old existing, buildings. This reality, pitted against the fact that historic buildings nevertheless have some intrinsic value, is largely why tax incentives have sprung up at both national and local levels. They are a way of affirming both the cost and value of preserving the past. Continue reading

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From the Site Studio

A Community Worth Caring About

Urban Design. Smart Growth. Complete Streets. Livable Cities. We have many terms all driving at a core concept of “place making”—using design principles, demographic research, emerging technologies, and case-study experience to create truly human-focused environments. The Sugar House Redevelopment is a collection of projects with that aim, and is beginning to see the results of years of effort: the creation of a place worth visiting, worth living in, and worth being proud of. (*Note: Of the features listed below, CRSA designed the Monument Plaza and the Street Car Greenway)

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