The Big green Greenhouse Design Competition attracted submissions from around the world for a project to be located in Snohomish County, Wash. SnoLeaf Branch Collaborative of Cascadia Green Building Council announced the top three winning designs at The International Living Future un-Conference in Seattle May 15.
The competition challenged designers to design a 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse under the guidelines of the Living Building Challenge (LBC)—the highest standard of green building in the world today—the same standard that the recently opened Bullitt Center in Seattle is striving for. The Greenhouse had to meet the LBC criteria for Net Zero energy, water and waste. The project can not contain any toxic materials, had to include public meeting space and enhance and extend the growing season in our bio region. An expert and diverse panel of Judges reviewed all of the entries and have selected the designs that best meet the Living Building Challenge criteria and what they agree to be the most inspired and innovative designs.
“Growing Postal” took third place and was created by Joseph Swain, Jesse Belknap and uses the Lake Stevens Post Office as the backdrop for their design.
Growing Postal is a proposed joint venture between the USPS and a local Food Bank Farm (FBF). The FBF will utilize extra post office space for its greenhouse, freed by the downsizing of postal operations, thereby preventing the USPS from giving up a potentially historic building and cornerstone of Main Street.
The USPS will provide food delivery to the FBF clients through its existing door-to-door mail delivery service. The partnership will provide the USPS with revenue from leasing some of its space, as well as fees for delivering weekly FBF food packages.
The winning designs will be on display at Sorticulture at Legion Park June 7, 8 and 9.