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Making Waves Update – Living Building Challenge Beauty Petal


Posted By shannonwalz
February 8, 2017

By Lori Walewski and Shannon Walz Living Building Challenge believes that beauty inspires caring for communities and the environment.  The Beauty Petal challenges LBC projects to recalibrate what people accept for the built environment. The purpose is to create joy and inspiration. There are two imperatives – 1) Beauty and Spirit and  2) Inspiration and […]

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Making Waves Update – Living Building Challenge Water Petal


Posted By shannonwalz
January 31, 2017

By Lori Walewski and Shannon Walz Freshwater is a precious resource.  Access to freshwater is becoming a serious issue around the world due to climate change, pollution and our current water habits around water use.  The Water Petal’s intent is to rethink our water usage and what happens with wastewater so that buildings, campuses and […]

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Making Waves Update – Living Building Challenge Petals


Posted By shannonwalz
January 24, 2017

By Lori Walewski and Shannon Walz Living Building Challenge has been mentioned many times in this blog.  Living Building Certification consists of three steps. Registration – Wolf Ridge registered the West Dorm remodel to the LBC version 2.1 in September 2014. Documentation and Operation – We are currently in this phase which includes constructions and […]

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Making Waves Update – Finishing the guts inside the walls


Posted By shannonwalz
January 3, 2017

With 2016 behind us, we are looking forward to wrapping up work on some of the pieces of a house that people don’t often think about – the electric wiring, heating, plumbing, and more. In the case of the Naturalist House, this also includes special wiring that will transmit information to the graduate student naturalists who will live there. The […]

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Making Waves Update – Pressing On


Posted By shannonwalz
December 27, 2016

Over the holiday weekend, Wolf Ridge got a fresh covering of snow.  It is a quiet week here from a programming standpoint – besides staff on campus the only others onsite are our furry and feathered friends; however, this is not a quiet week for our builders as construction presses on with the Maintenance Building […]

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Making Waves Update – Making It All Possible


Posted By shannonwalz
December 20, 2016

Post By John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Development Director If you walked on site this week, you would see some major transformations in our Maintenance building.  It actually looks like a building! The windows are in and the siding is on.  The much welcomed “warm-up” is speeding along the interior work in the Staff House as […]

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Coffee, Photography, and L.B.C.


Posted By shannonwalz
December 13, 2016

I recently had a great conversation with Curtis Martinson, our on-site construction foreman. He loves waking up in the woods with a fresh cup of coffee, photography, and he can wax poetic about the promise of new technologies in building design and construction. While most of our updates are about things like boards, rafters and concrete, today we’ll do something […]

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Making Waves Update – Fundraising Status


Posted By shannonwalz
December 6, 2016

By John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Development Director We’ve had some exciting rainy, snowy, icy weather the last few days but our construction teams are hard at work.  The windows have been installed in the Naturalist House and they are working on getting the metal roof on when they can.  With the windows installed the construction […]

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Making Waves Update – Maintenance Building


Posted By shannonwalz
November 29, 2016

This year we are building both a new naturalist house as well as a new maintenance building. This week the materials for the maintenance building have arrived and the building is quickly being framed! Our new maintenance facility will allow our hard working Maintenance and Grounds team to work on vehicles in a heated shop […]

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A Roof!


Posted By Carrie Anderson
November 22, 2016

The roof is on the Naturalist House! With the framing up and now a roof above, construction crews will soon be able to work without worrying about snow. Windows will go in next week, as well as weatherproofing the outer walls.   LEED vs. LBC, Part One While there are a number “green building” initiatives out in the […]

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Making Waves Construction Update – November 16


Posted By shannonwalz
November 16, 2016

Wolf Ridge is buzzing with activity The construction projects have begun! In August, we began construction on our new Naturalist Housing and Maintenance shop. The Naturalist House is nearly entirely framed up and the roof should be on early next week. Our capital campaign has hit its mid-distance stride and the construction projects will soon […]

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