​Wilder Community Center for Aging

Green Features

The Wilder Community Center for Aging at 650 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul is designed to infuse innovative strategies in sustainable construction and site development, water savings, energy efficiency, sustainable materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The Wilder Community Center for Aging is over 15,000 square feet of space for senior programs and sets a high standard of sustainability for adult day health programs as it works toward achieving Silver level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. To view the details, please download the LEED checklist.

Sustainable Features

The renovation and addition includes the following sustainable features:
  • Fuel Efficient vehicle priority parking / No added parking – the 650 Marshall property has 48 parking spaces for staff, visitors and guests. There are 3 dedicated fuel efficient vehicle parking spaces on site.
  • Daylight and views / Solar tubes – the central lounge space and art room are filled with daylight through solar tubes. The entire west wall of the new addition is awash with windows letting in light and views to the backyard gardens and seating areas.
  • Water efficient / Native landscape – the backyard is landscaped with hydrangea, azaleas, strawberries, raspberries, and blue fescue to name a few of the native plants which are watered with a state of the art drip irrigation system.
  • Green power – a contract for approximately 50% of 650 Marshall’s electricity being powered by Xcel Energy wind source technology.
  • Indoor air quality – the HVAC system meets ASHRAE standards for intake of outside air to maintain the quality of the air that clients and staff breathe.
  • Maximize open space / Raised garden beds / Permaculture – prior to the renovation, most of the backyard was a surface parking lot. Post renovation, all parking was situated to the east and south sides of the property so that the clients would have access to a large, functional backyard with walking paths and raised garden beds for client’s to practice their gardening skills. Produce is harvested and accompanies program meals!
  • Storm water management – the storm water management was improved during construction to reduce runoff from the property by 28% and improve quality of any storm water that does leave the site.
  • Materials and resources – while 650 Marshall underwent a significant renovation, over 96% of the existing building was reused and over 16% of the furniture, fixtures and equipment was reused. New products such as paints, adhesives, caulking and carpet are all low VOC.

LEED Display

In July 2012, Wilder will unveil its 650 Marshall LEED Display at the facility. The display will be a large scale rendition of the entire site plan and floor plan. Wilder clients and a local artist/architect are involved in the display’s creation and are instrumental in defining its final design. To view a drawing of the future display, please download the drawing.

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