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The Ecology of Collaboration: Living Building & Living Community Challenge in Saco Maine

  • Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Hall 519 Congress Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

PRESENTED BY: Kaplan Thompson Architects, Briburn Architecture & Scott Simons Architects

In the summer of 2015 the Ecology School of Saco Maine had the opportunity to purchase a historic farm along the Saco river some five miles inland from their current location on Ferry Beach. The School has run small, seasonal residential education programs out of their current leased location for twenty years and this chance to purchase a beautiful riverfront farm that was bound by conservation lands was one they could not pass up.

This interactive panel discussion will provide a candid insight into this unexpected collaboration, exploring lessons learned, challenges, and the rewards of this unique process. And, importantly this discussion will focus heavily on how the complexity and capacity provided by this team helped and hindered the process of developing a Living Building Challenge project.
This discussion will illustrate the process of learning, stumbling, and support that we all went through and will highlight a number of specific lessons learned that may be useful to other teams trying to find best practices and would most certainly be scalable to other teams.
Some of the specific topics we will cover will be; the value of communication, the importance of trust, the appreciation of the unseen on other’s process, and the pragmatic beauty of slowing down to go fast. While at times we felt that things were a bit of a mess they were also at times hugely rewarding and have added the organic value the client had envisioned.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the planning needed to deliver a Living Building Challenge project with a complex team structure

  • Understand the challenges of net-zero energy design on a rural single phase power site

  • Understand the positive outcomes a Biophilic design client meeting can bring.

  • Understand how to approach the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge.

Earlier Event: April 4
Demystifying Fellowship