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Pringle Creek’s green streets mentioned as model in OEC’s spring newsletter

Oregon Environmental Council, the state’s oldest environmental organization, has an article in their most recent "One Oregon, One Environment" newsletter. The article, titled "Depaving Paradise," is on page seven and features the following photo and caption:Pringle Creek Community in Salem has one of the largest installations of pervious asphalt in the country. The green streets are narrower than conventional streets, using less materials to build and calming traffic. They have no curbs, which reduces construction costs and allows vegetated swales to capture, absorb and clean stormwater runoff.The article does a good job explaining water quality issues. Water quality and ... Read more

Pringle Creek featured in Terrain.org

Pringle Creek is featured in a fascinating web magazine: "Terrain.org. A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments is a twice yearly online journal searching for that interface--the integration--among the built and natural environments, that might be called the soul of place." The article is One Green Thing Leads to Another: Sustainability at the Pringle Creek Community.Pringle Creek Community’s portion of the old institution had been used for growing food in the gardens and in the two historic Lord and Burnham glass greenhouses, each more than 2,500 square feet in size, and contained the institution’s central steam-heat plant and ... Read more

Opsis and Nathan Good win design awards

Opsis Architecture and Nathan Good each won a first place Root Award, a Portland Spaces magazine design competition "celebrating Portland innovation, creativity and craftsmanship."Opsis, the Portland firm of Pringle Creek masterplanner James Meyer (more about Opsis and James here) won the "Landscape/Community" category for Firstenburg Community Center.Situated on a 10-acre parcel, the Firstenburg Community Center straddles two distinct worlds: a developing commercial street with strip malls and a verdant residential neighborhood. The east Vancouver, Washington, facility has two primary components: a single-level community wing and a vast recreational area with lofted ceilings. The community wing, which houses an indoor ... Read more

Cottage Home wins award from Builder magazine

Builder magazine, one of the nation's top magazines in the industry, has published the winners of its 2008 Builder’s Choice Awards. Among the Grand Award Winners, from all over the United States: the Pringle Creek Cottage. CATEGORY: Production/Semi-custom, less than 2,000 square feetENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Opsis Architecture, Portland, Ore.BUILDER: Bilyeu Homes, Salem, Ore.DEVELOPER: Sustainable Development, SalemSimple in form (and therefore easy to build and easy to insulate), the home achieves significant energy savings through natural lighting and ventilation, a geothermal heat pump system, and solar roof panels. Because every design element had the potential to ­affect the energy efficiency of the ... Read more

Another top ten award for Pringle Creek

Our Pringle Creek Cottage won an award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA Seattle's contest, called "What Makes It Green," judged 60 submissions from all over the northwest and pacific regions--entries from from Montana to Hong Kong. About the Cottage Home the jury said:This project has it all. The individual strengths of the project (small footprint, cistern) and the use of green infrastructure on a community level makes this an exemplary exercise in sustainable development.Click here for the 34-page online magazine (pdf). The "Top Ten Regional Green Awards" article is on page 25, the Pringle Creek item ... Read more
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