Opening Doors - Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Menomonee Valley is making a comeback and here’s your opportunity to find out how. Join AIA Milwaukee at the Urban Ecology Center for a free continuing education presentation on the revitalization and planning efforts of the Menomonee Valley. A team effort by Zimmermann Architectural Studios and La Dallman Architects are currently in the process of updating the master plan for the Valley, which you will be able to gather insight into this important process. You will also be able to participate in a tour and learn design insights about the award winning Urban Ecology Center facility located in the Menomonee Valley. All are welcome to partake in this great networking opportunity and enjoy complementary refreshments.
Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore, the Menomonee Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. 300 acres of brown fields have been developed, 35 companies have moved to the Valley, and more than 4,700 family-supporting jobs have been created. One million square feet of green buildings and seven miles of trails have been constructed, and 45 acres of native plants installed, leading to improved wildlife habitat and water quality.Today, the Valley is a national model of economic and environmental sustainability. Recognized by the Sierra Club as "One of the 10 Best Developments inthe Nation," the Menomonee Valley continues to receive local and national recognition. The Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley is the 3rd location for the environmental education and community center. Designed by Uihlein Wilson Architects, the building is a 6,500 square foot renovation/addition to an abandoned 1930's era tavern in the Silver City neighborhood. The project exemplifies sustainable building practices from the use of salvaged materials to a passive-solar air intake system and geo-thermal sourced heating and cooling. The building was a finalist for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation in 2013. Every piece of the building has it’s own history, right down to the reception desk that was built from the bar of the tavern that once stood there! Located next to the Valley Passage, this dynamic building anchors a 27-acre urban renewal project along the Menomonee River.
Board of Directors Meeting //4:00pm (All Welcome)Presentation & Reception //5:30pm - 7:00pm
1 CES Learning Unit
|Location: Urban Ecology Center | 3700 W. Pierce St. | Milwaukee, WI 53215
Contact: Eric Schoedel, AIA | vicepresident @aiamilwaukee.org
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AIA Milwaukee is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit: http://www.aiamilwaukee.org.