Green Building Tour

When we embarked on the Harris Center renovation project in 2003, we made a firm commitment to preserving as much of the original structure as possible and to utilizing environmentally friendly building materials and practices.

The "bobcat" weathervane points the way, atop the newly-renovated Thelma Babbit Room. (photo: Lynne Pitts)

The bobcat weathervane points the way, atop the newly-renovated Thelma Babbit Room. (photo: Lynne Pitts)

Recycled, natural, or renewable materials were used wherever possible. Composting toilets conserve water and electricity. A wood pellet boiler heats the building using pellets made from sawdust. The use of natural lighting and triple-glazed windows also contribute to the building’s energy efficiency. Learn more about these features at the links below, or visit the Harris Center to see our green building in action!

Composting Toilets
Energy and Energy Efficiency
Environmental Health
Lighting Systems
Materials
Windows
Wood Pellet Boiler

Building green is more than just a building process; it is the whole process. Site planning, design, construction, and materials must all be considered…Recycling, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and resource conservation were blended into the renewed Harris Center because we care about our heritage, we care about our people, and we care about our planet.
— Dave Birchenough, former Harris Center trustee and Chair of the Building Renovation Committee

For a list of websites and organizations that were helpful to us as we embarked upon our restoration, visit our Green Building Resources webpage.