The Greening of Eugene City Hall...

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The Greening of Eugene City Hall...

Postby Kevin » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:48 pm

Dear Eugene Mayor and City Council,

It remains vitally important to renovate and reuse Eugene City Hall for many reasons. This is the right solution to the City's acknowledged building update needs.

- The current City Hall is an irreplaceable cultural resource.

A city that has previously squandered most of its valuable historic building cannot afford to tear down the single best city building we have remaining from the High Modern era.

As a city councilor said today, "We've already lost so much of our architectural heritage."

- Renovation is the only green option.

It is absolutely true, in many ways, that reuse is the best and overwhelmingly green option. One simply cannot start a seriously green building project with a gratuitous teardown.

- It is the most cost-effective approach to providing an appropriately updated city headquarters.

Throwing away a functional building shell is pure waste, financially as well as environmentally.

Federal grant funding, which is likely to be available for preserving and retrofitting City Hall, is not likely to be available for a new-built city hall.

- A state-of-the-art rebuilt City Hall can be proud and beautiful, an expression of our green economic aspirations as well as our community values.

ArchitectureWeek has recently covered a really great international awards program that clearly illustrates how the architectural, organizational, and green building performance of high-quality retrofits is, simply, unlimited:

Reskinning
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/0209/index.html

Re-Skinning Awards
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2011/02 ... g_2-1.html

I had an opportunity to tour one of the award winning projects in Berlin last year, and can attest first hand to the powerful quality of the results - doing the right thing, in a beautiful way, is an unbeatable option.

Talented members of the Eugene architectural community yearn for the opportunity to work together constructively with the City to achieve a cost-effective win-win outcome to updating the headquarters of Eugene.

with best wishes,

Kevin Matthews
Editor in Chief
ArchitectureWeek
etc.


The complete Re-Skinning Awards book is available online here:
http://thezeroprize.com/images/ReSkinni ... ok2010.pdf

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