The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is recognized worldwide for its outstanding programs and speakers that inspire people to lead healthy, sustainable lives. The Institute retained a design team comprised of Conservation Design Forum and other ecologically based design firms to implement a design approach for its campus infrastructure that remained consistent with its restorative mission. As part of a major campus enhancement, a new wastewater recycling and re-use system was developed using an "ecological engine" with constructed wetland elements. The project includes a classroom building that houses a portion of the wastewater treatment system and provides learning space in a setting with a didactic display of the Omega Institute's commitment to water conservation. Both the USGBC's LEED program and the Cascadia Region-Green Building Council's "Living Building Challenge" served as design tools. The Center is one of the first buildings to achieve the Living Building Challenge certification.
location: Rhinebeck, New York
client: Omega Center for Sustainable Living
LEED: LEED Platinum, 2010
awards: Living Building Challenge On the Boards Award, 2007; Living Building Challenge Certification, 2010; AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects Award, 2010; New York State Environmental Excellence Award, 2013
Native Landscape Systems
Natural Wastewater Treatment
Water Collection + Reuse
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