You can feel it in the air, a general uplifting of spirit. Whether it stems from a more optimistic economic outlook or from the fact that spring is just around the (albeit long) corner; is for you to decide. But personally, I am enjoying the start of 2010! One project which gives great reason for this excitement is the Green Exchange. After an unavoidable delay that stalled the project for several months in 2009, the 'gX' is back on track and making plans to open fall of this year
For those of you who don’t know of the Green Exchange, it is a retail and office space dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable businesses. A ‘green Merchandise Mart’ if you will. All Green Exchange tenants are committed to environmentally conscious practices and the building is itself an eco-friendly structure. Some green features include a solar thermal system, 41,329 gallon rain cistern, and state of the art recycling system (the high efficient heating/cooling, windows, and lighting fixtures all go without saying). The shell building has been pre-certified to a level of LEED Platinum!
In a city that has the objective of becoming the most environmentally friendly city in the nation, the Green Exchange will act as a physical manifestation of the ongoing eco-rhetoric. The entire green community is excited about it and 2Point is thrilled to be not only a tenant, but also a designer for several of the spaces inside. (Of course we must give a shout-out here to GreenChoice Bank, Evergreen Oak Electric, and the GX Shared Office which will be managed by The Delta Institute!)
So, for now I invite you to join my excitement. In the future, I look forward to inviting you to join the grand opening festivities for this project Let us enjoy these small victories, and hope that this is just the first of many steps in the right direction.
More information about the Green Exchange; including the history of, tenant profiles, and green features can be found at www.greenexchange.com.