Completed by Mike Stopka while Director of Sustainability at SCB.  Images courtesy of SCB

CLIENT: Oberlin College         

DATE:  2012 - 2015          

LOCATION:  Oberlin, OH

PROJECT SCOPE:  Won invited competition to design a net-zero energy and carbon hotel, the first building in Oberlin's Green Arts District

DESCRIPTION:   The Green Arts District (GAD) consists of a city block in downtown Oberlin which the College is seeking to make a net-zero energy, water and carbon district. The Gateway Hotel is the first structure being built in the GAD. It had the responsibility help develop the vision and set the tone for the GAD and as such, set extremely lofty goals. Some of the remarkable features designed were a living machine to organically treat black water onsite, interactive signals alerting occupants how to sustainably interact with the building and radiant heating / cooling in hotel rooms, the first such installation in the US. LEED Platinum approval is pending.

ROLE:  Concept Design, Strategic Plan, Project Management, Facilitation, Communication Support, Research, Analysis, LEED Consulting

PARTNERS: Smart Hotels, Transsolar, KJWW, Halvorson and Partners, Gettys

PUBLICITY:  NY Times Article,  Inhabitat.com

DOWNLOAD:  Documents below include: an excerpt from the Schematic Design package outlining the basic tenets and project design, a graphic “midterm report card” used to grade how well the project was meeting its sustainable goals, a short article explaining the importance of the report card and finally a Living Building Challenge feasibility study.