Omega Center for Sustainable Living

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
completion: 2010
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

Green Features

Bioswales
Native Landscape Systems
Natural Wastewater Treatment
Rain Gardens
Water Collection + Reuse

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