Let's look at the green facts. According to a recent EPA study, commercial buildings account for 39% of total energy use, 12% of total water consumption, 68% of total electricity consumption, and 38% of carbon-dioxide emissions. Being environmentally friendly is the "right" thing to do. Is it really that difficult? Does it really cost that much? Can you really afford not to? The answers are no, no, and no. We don't want you to be sad and "blue" down the road because you didn't go "green" when you had the chance.
Wellington Management and Northwest Area Foundation hired Stahl to completely renovate and add onto the Drake Building, which was built in the early 1900s as a marble cutting and polishing plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. During renovation, special care was taken in order to maintain the building's distinctive historic character.
Stahl removed the building exterior and completely gutted the building, exposing the aging structure for inspection by engineers. Structural repairs were made and the entire building recladded. A massive and impressive atrium brings the common areas of all four floors together, surrounded with full-height butt-glazed glass.
Northwest Area Foundation's build-out utilized environmental-friendly materials and systems including recycled pine, rubber and carpet flooring materials; wood paneling made from reclaimed lumber; surfaces finished with low VOC paint; toilet partitions made from recycled plastic; fabrics featuring recycled content; indirect high-efficiency lighting; and multiple smaller rooftop HVAC units that target specific zones in the building resulting in energy savings.
The project was a finalist for the CityBusiness Best-in-Real-Estate award.