Submitted by Don Myers
A lot of progress is being made at Pringle Creek everyday. 1) The Village Green is being created even as 2) we prepare to put in the beautiful porous concrete streets of the Village Center. This concrete product (from local environmental innovator, Scott Erickson) will function ecologically like our pervious asphalt. It will also define the urban Village with a material that is more like a plaza or patio than a residential street. This is just a small example of the thought and passion that go into every decision here at Pringle Creek.
3) Unique street lights are now installed and line our main street, Village Center Drive. They certainly tell visitors that this is a special place. The streetlights are made of recycled steel and use energy efficient light bulbs.
4) Pringle Creek has hired Paco Sanchez as our site manager. Paco is a dynamic new team member. He will be working with James “Santiago” Santana (Director of the Sustainable Living Center) and coordinating special projects like the regeneration of the greenhouses and the creation of the sawdust fuel staging area for our Forest Stewardship Council certified lumber over the coming months.
5) And the BIGGEST NEWS yet: Larry and Blake Bilyeu have begun construction of the first home at Pringle Creek Community! This 1,350 square foot “Cottage Home” is located in the West End neighborhood on Cousteau Street and will be featured on the 2007 Tour of Homes. In addition to a simple and elegant floor plan, this home will have geothermal heating and cooling, an advanced framing wall system, and cellulose and high density foam insulation that will exceed Earth Advantage criteria. This first home will be followed over the coming weeks by model homes representing each of the five other housing types at Pringle Creek: Side-by-Side, Tall House, Row House, Net-Zero, and Live-Work. Please join us in creating this remarkable sustainable community.
Streetlight going up (click to enlarge photos)