Sustainability Treehouse

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America made conservation a stronger focus of the organization by introducing a new sustainability merit badge and opening an educational center at the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Using the Living Building Challenge as a guide (a rigorous set of construction standards similar to LEED), Trinity Works retained a multidisciplinary team to create a tree house that would turn lessons into an adventure. Sited on a former coal mine, the building features a locally made prefabricated steel mega-structure, FSC-certified black locust wood housing, a photovoltaic array, a wind turbine, and a rainwater catchment system. Visitors learn about energy and water conservation as they climb outdoor staircases that lead from the forest floor to the 125-foot-high rooftop rising above the leaf canopy.

 

Size: 6,000 sf

Timeline: April 2012-July 2013

Services: Feasibility Analysis, Design Management, Vertical Construction Management, Budget & Schedule, Exhibit Design, User Experience

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Working in partnership with families and institutions, we approach real estate as a platform on which to apply innovative solutions to the broader issues facing our clients and our communities. Through Servant Leadership, the Trinity Works team executes ideas, adds value and produces socially, fiscally and environmentally responsible results in a visionary way.

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