|The reception desk in the lobby|
|Poplar wood and Limestone floor|
The Conservancy has various research sites throughout the state, studying native plants and animals and their effect on our forests; one particular study, for example, researched Red Oak saplings and their survival rate in dense canopy. Researchers found that the mature and much larger trees, including mature Red Oak trees, absorb most of the sunlight preventing younger trees from growing. In nature, this is balanced by forest fires that would blaze through southern Indiana, burning much of the canopy and giving younger trees access to sun, promoting growth. Of course now, we do not allow fires to run rampant through our forests and because of this the current Red Oak population was not sufficiently replacing itself. To combat this issue, the NC cut timber on the property to improve the overall structure of the forest (the next best thing to fires). The Red Oak that is featured in the building is comprised of that cut timber. This allowed the NC to use local wood, in addition to improving the structure of many Hoosier forests; helping their building, their cause, and their research.
|Cabinets in the break room|
|Break room sink|
|2500 gallon water cistern|
It was a privilege to have toured this building. It not only gave me a perspective on the LEED knowledge I had learned from books, but it also gave me an understanding that LEED is to be flexible and its success depends on human ingenuity to utilize local resources in a responsible and productive way.