Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A New Life for an Old Building

Oregon Shepherd was able to be a part of a great remodeling project last year.  The Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) needed a new home.  Their search led them to a building in St. Helens, Oregon that was originally a school and most recently home to a Grange.  So rather than build a new structure the CSWCD took on the challenge of restoring an old structure with the help of AKAAN Design.

Here is a photo of the building as the McNulty School, built in 1915:

                          And as the Warren Grange:

And now as the new home of the Columbia SWCD:
The renovation incorporated many sustainable design features including Oregon Shepherd 100% all natural wool insulation.  Some of the other green features are a high efficiency heating system and light fixtures with occupancy sensors, on demand hot water, low flow plumbing fixtures, carpet made from 100% recycled rubber tires,and  resin wall panels of 100% recycled plastic bottles.  Outside you find rain gardens and native plantings to filter rain water runoff.
The building renovation respects the historic character of the building but adds contemporary elements.

Oregon Shepherd is proud to be a part of this historic renovation. Now this wonderful building has many useful years left to be a center of community activity.

A New Life for an Old Building

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