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RIGHT-SIZED
PASSIVE HOME

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AGEEC

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
FOURSQUARE

ACORN GLADE PASSIVE
HOUSE

FURNACE
FREE HOUSE

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Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center

The vision for AGEEC included a place for a nature-based preschool, a meeting hall with a view to the park, and support for the Oak Park Festival Theater and winter skating; all of this was to be housed in a building of utmost energy efficiency, with water collection for toilet flushing, geothermal heat pump heating and cooling, rooftop solar photo-voltaic electricity production, and landscaping featuring a learning garden, rain gardens, native plantings, and outdoor gathering space, designed by the excellent Carol Yetken Landscape Architects. The interior features wood trim of ash, milled from a tree that died from Emerald Ash Borer last year in one of the Park District of Oak Park’s parks. The building was conceived as an embodiment of the native oak savanna: with a tall canopy facing the park and a low, dense enclosure against the alley, a sense of prospect and refuge is created.

 

SITE AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN: CAROL YETKEN LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATES
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: GOODFRIEND MAGRUDER
M/E/P: ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING ENGINEERS
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: TIM KELLY CONSTRUCTION
PHOTOGRAPHY: ERIC HAUSMAN
HUGH LIGHTING DESIGN
LEED PLATINUM
ANNUAL NET ZERO ENERGY PERFORMANCE LEVEL ANTICIPATED
WINNER, CAVALCADE OF PRIDE AWARDS, OAK PARK COMMUNITY DESIGN COMMISSION, 2016
WINNER, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AWARD FOR NEW DESIGN, AIA ILLINOIS, 2017