Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Environmental Education Center

Project value: $5.6 million
Project completion: 2008

Services provided: Senior project manager (while working for CMA of Milwaukee)

Project highlights: The beautiful Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center, nestled on 185 acres of forest, wetlands and prairie near Lake Michigan, was the first building in Wisconsin to earn a Gold LEED rating from the U.S. Building Council. Its sustainable features include strategic use of natural light, geothermal heating/cooling, solar power and low-flow plumbing. The 30,000-square-foot facility provided space for classrooms, exhibits, an auditorium and gift store. The new building also allowed the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to expand its mission of environmental education by opening the state’s first nature preschool.

Client’s perspective

“This green building pushed the envelope and presented numerous challenges with unique products and methods of construction. You and the construction superintendent, Dave Drew, worked with us as a team and were creative, flexible and positive in solving them. I have already recommended your team to several other organizations considering a construction project and will continue to do so without hesitation.”

Elizabeth Cheek, former director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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