Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. Avesta Project Earns LEED for Homes Platinum Certification

Ridgewood at Village Square at dusk. Photo Credit: Peter Urbanski

Ridgewood at Village Square community room and community kitchen.

October 25, 2016 - Gorham, Maine -- Avesta Housing, providers of quality and affordable homes in Maine, recently opened the doors to Ridgewood at Village Square, an environmentally friendly, senior apartment community designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. (GTA.) This community was awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating, the highest level for green, energy-efficient designed and constructed buildings.

“Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. is honored to have been part of the team on this notable Energy Star and LEED for Homes certified project. From day one the team worked hard to ensure that the project would meet the LEED Platinum rating – the highest standard for energy efficiency and sustainability,“ stated Rebecca Dillon, Principal at GTA, “As an affordable housing project for seniors, this building showcases that a high standard of green design can be met on any budget.”

Ridgewood at Village Square, one of the many Avesta Housing developments in Maine, is an affordable housing community for seniors and those with disabilities. Avesta Housing works diligently to create and provide comfortable, high-quality apartments and housing within the state. Through their research to understand the communities of each new development area, Avesta Housing and GTA assure all stakeholders and local neighborhoods that the new developments will be attractive from site design to building construction while implementing sustainable, green measures throughout.

The US Green Building Council (USGCB) developed a four level rating system for improved environmental and health implications of the built environment. Through achieving LEED ratings, our buildings can work towards reducing energy consumption, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately lowering operating costs for businesses, as well as residents.

“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge, “ said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Avesta Housing and Gawron Turgeon Architects are addressing it through local solutions.”

The senior residents living at Ridgewood in Gorham, Maine will benefit greatly from the LEED Platinum rating. It will keep their living costs down while enjoying the healthy interior environment. The apartments at Ridgewood are affordable, secure, and energy efficient with many amenities including the allowance of small pets. You will find more information about Avesta Housing at www.avestahousing.org.

About Gawron Turgeon Architects
Gawron Turgeon Architects, founded in 1983, delivers innovative design through the integration of each of their disciplines; architecture, master planning, landscape architecture and interior design. With an excellent reputation planning and designing senior living facilities and nursing communities, Gawron Turgeon Architects also plans for Corporate Offices, Banks & Credit Unions, Auto Dealerships, Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations. Gawron Turgeon Architects stand behind the sound principles of providing quality service to clients, and committing to design excellence for each and every project.