In our previous post, we talked about SustainIndy, Indianapolis’ bold initiative to develop innovative “green” public works projects and advanced technologies to help make Indianapolis more sustainable and create environmentally-friendly public buildings and facilities.
SustainIndy also focuses on the improvement of the quality of life for citizens while building our local economy. Its efforts are designed to aggressively move Indianapolis forward to make it one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest, create lasting environmental, economic and community vitality, enhance our quality of life now, and ensure that future generations of Indianapolis residents have an equally good quality of life.
SustainIndy Building Projects
The first major new construction project well on its way is the $6.6 million HealthNet People’s Health & Dental Center, a state-of-the-art community health center under construction on Indianapolis’ near eastside.
The new center serves as a demonstration project for the City of Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability in its use of green building techniques and materials, many of which haven’t been tested in this climate area before.
A few of the building’s state-of-the-art features include:
- The center’s energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system
- A comprehensive storm water management system, which includes the parking lot composed of permeable pavers
- A bioswale (those drainage ditches we see on the sides of our roads)
- An energy efficient roof
Scheduled to open in early 2011, the health center is located along the East 10th Street business corridor, which is already undergoing many improvements as a part of the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Project.
Next, we’ll take a look at the Efroymson Conservation Center project, the new ‘green’ headquarters building of The Nature Conservancy (Indiana Chapter) in downtown Indianapolis, designed to become the first platinum level LEED certified office building in Indiana.
We here at Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning are proud of the efforts being made by Central Indiana residents, organizations and government agencies to make Indianapolis a great place to live, now and in the future. For information about how you can get involved by making your home more environmentally-friendly, call Thiele at (317) 639-1111, or visit www.CallThiele.com.