CUTLER BAY, Fla., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When older adults select a senior living community, its environmental footprint isn't often a contributing factor in their decision. But for many, including residents at East Ridge at Cutler Bay (www.EastRidgeAtCutlerBay.com), they may be playing a significant role in preserving the Earth for future generations.
The new Health Center taking shape at East Ridge features many sustainable features and is a premier example of sustainability in the Miami area.
Located on 76 acres, the community adopted new green practices in 2010 which focused on recycling and education; however, its major expansion effort offers the opportunity to incorporate sustainable features/products from inception.
"It's quite a legacy," said Rick Drew, director of sales and marketing. "Residents are thrilled to be part of the community's future."
The community is anticipating certification under the US Green Building Council's LEEDS for Homes program. This is suited for East Ridge since the Heath Center includes assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residences.
Numerous green building strategies were targeted by the project team which includes AG Architectural of Wisconsin and LECESSE Construction. Steven Winter Associates, INC (SWA) is the LEEDS provider and rater for the community. Among the strategies are:
- Integrated Design: During the development phase, an integrated design process involved the project team in a design charrette about the community which tapped their expertise.
- Location/Linkages: Since East Ridge is an existing community, roads, water, sewers and other infrastructure are already installed. Transportation is provided by East Ridge and residents can walk, use bikes or other forms of transportation rather than automobiles.
- Sustainable Sites: Erosion control plans protect the site before, during and after development.
- Water Efficiency: A high efficiency irrigation system will use drip irrigation for at least 50 percent of planting beds and smart sensor technologies will delay watering when the ground is wet.
- Energy/Atmosphere: The buildings will be thermally efficient. Hot, humid weather will be sealed out while fresh air will be supplied throughout residences/common spaces.
- Materials/Resources: Low emitting materials such as carpeting and paint are being used. A recycling and waste management plan is in place and 65 percent of the construction waste is diverted from landfills and/or incinerators.
- Awareness/Education: Residents will have an opportunity to learn about the green building strategies with walk through tours and education.
For information about East Ridge, please call (305) 256-3564.
SOURCE East Ridge at Cutler Bay