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The beautiful offices of Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery & Skin Care and Lakewood Ranch Family Medicine have earned the LEED Certification.  This is the first private physician’s office and medical spa in the state of Florida to be LEED certified.   In honor of this, Drs Joshua and Andrea Kreithen will host a party and LEED certification ceremony on Tuesday, December 7, from 4 until 7 pm. The office is located at 6310 Health Park Way, Suite #110 behind the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, lakewood ranch, LEED, sarasota, healthy building, healthcare, jedd, award, aia, heap, LEED-CI, plastic surgery

Cancer Support Community: a place to heal

By WALKER MEADE Correspondent
Herald Tribune

There is no better evidence of the great change in our attitude toward breast cancer than the pink-ribboned bumper stickers that we see all over town: "Save the Ta-ta's."
A decade ago, lightheartedness about such a serious subject would not have been possible. A breast cancer diagnosis then was experienced as a death sentence. Now, medicine has achieved a five-year survival rate of close to 90 percent for those diagnosed with stage one cancer, and the support system for those suffering from cancer is vast. An organization in Southwest Florida that has been dedicated since 1996 to helping women get healthy again is The Wellness Community Southwest Florida, now called The Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast after merging with Gilda's Club last summer. Its mission is "to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of support, education and hope."

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Topics: green, architecture, usgbc, lakewood ranch, wellness, cancer, LEED, healthy building

Support system: The Cancer Support Community's new building

By Harold Bubil, Herald Tribune

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, lakewood ranch, wellness, LEED, Michael, sarasota, healthy building


Each year, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce takes time to appreciate local businesses that have made a positive impact on our community throughout the year, either through architectural enhancements or community action and contributions. The annual Industry Appreciation Awards program is an important component of the Chamber’s business retention activities and we encourage your participation.

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Topics: green, Residential, healthy building, healthcare, award, kashi, multi-family

Operation Soothing: LWR Plastic Surgery's Green Office in Maddux

Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery has been showcased in the May 2010 issue of Maddux Business Report. The article features the Sustainable & Architectural features of the project.  Article below or click image for PDF version.

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Topics: green, carlson, usgbc, LEED, sarasota, healthy building, healthcare, jedd, heap

Kashi By the River, Video of the nearly completed project

Tour of thenearly completed Kashi By the River Project
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Topics: green, Residential, healthy building, kashi, multi-family, sebastian


After almost a years of delay, The Wellness Community of SW Florida has begun the vertical phase of construction. Follow along with the construction as it progresses with our slide show of images. The slide show will be updated every two weeks.

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Topics: green, LEED, healthy building, healthcare

LEED Registered Project Featured at Global Design Forum

Johnette Isham, founder of Isham + Associates, Inc., recently presented the Wellness Community of SWFL's new LEED Gold-registered facility at the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in Cleveland. The facility was designed by Carlson Studio Architecture.  More than 600 leading executives, designers, academic experts, civil society leaders and government policy makers are expected to attend. The forum addressed the use of design thinking to accelerate business innovation and positive change. Her presentation described the use of Appreciative Inquiry, evidence-based design and sustainability in the development of "Building Hope," The Wellness Community Southwest Florida's new green facility for free psychosocial care for people affected by cancer and will be featured in the Innovations in Healthcare section of the forum.

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Topics: LEED, healthy building, healthcare


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