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Florida Trend asks Michael Carlson, Why we build green?

What's the biggest reason your company builds green and the biggest reason your customers say they want to build green?

"Green buildings are better buildings for the money than non-green buildings.  Now that there is a widely recognized, sophisticated way to determine how green a building is, and have that tested and verified by an independent 3rd party (the LEED rating system from the USGBC) we can determine how much better each design is.  We designed our first green building in 2000.  Our clients are motivated differently to build green.  Most like the savings generated by energy and water conservation combined with higher quality of interior space that is healthier to live or work in.  Both are quality of life issues.  Some are motivated to save money while others share our concerns about the future of the planet." - Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Topics: green, carlson, usgbc, LEED, Michael, renovation

Cancer Support Community Achieves LEED Gold Designation from U.S. Green Building Council

May 27, 2011     Sarasota, FL – When it opened last fall, the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast’s new facility turned heads with unique architectural elements like the reclaimed 150-year-old Florida pine entry pillars and environmentally-friendly building design.  The 11,142-square-foot building nestled on 2.2 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded by a nature preserve is home to a unique mission: providing free psycho-social support services to anyone affected by cancer.  Now the Sarasota nonprofit and those it serves have new cause for celebration: the building is the first health facility in Sarasota County to earn LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Michael, Sustainable, sarasota, healthcare, award, florida


SEARCHLIGHT, NEV. (May 2011) – The National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC are dedicating the first floating building project in the world to be registered for LEED® certification on Monday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave.  The building, which will serve as the marina’s operations office, is expected to be certified at the LEED® Gold rating.

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Topics: architecture, carlson, usgbc, LEED, Michael, Sustainable, nevada, national, Floating



Our newest project the Sun N Fun Indoor Pool & Exercise Center will be seeking LEED-NC Gold certification. Here is a little teaser of the project.

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Topics: green, architecture, LEED, Michael, Sustainable, sarasota, pool, fitness

ABC 7 covers the Cancer Support Community's Grand Opening

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Topics: carlson, wellness, cancer, Michael

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

Sarasota Green Architect Joins Sarasota Housing Authority

Sarasota, FL — Architect Michael Carlson, a leading green building design professional, has joined the board of directors of the Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) to fill the remaining three-year term of former City Commissioner Richard Martin, following his resignation from the SHA.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, Michael, sarasota

Public Housing Project Experiences Green Rebirth

October 12, 2010 (Sarasota, FL)  Like a phoenix, a Sarasota housing project that had fallen into disrepair has been given a new, green lease on life. The Community Center at Janie’s Gardens recently received news that the project has earned LEED-NC Silver Certification from GBCI/U.S. Green Building Council.  A dedication ceremony is being planned for later this fall.

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Topics: green, carlson, usgbc, LEED, Michael, sarasota, community center, multi-family

Cancer Support Community to Open

The Cancer Support Community's "Building Hope" will officially open next Tuesday October 19th, 2010. The $6.1-million facility is located on five acres in north Sarasota County just east of I-75 in Lakewood Ranch. It will be run by the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast, the new name for the Wellness Community of Southwest Florida. The new center will include an 11,142-square-foot building and 2.2 acres of landscaped gardens. The facility is being designed to support people whose immune systems have been compromised.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Michael, sarasota, community center, jedd, heap

Michael Carlson has been appointed to the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Directors


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Topics: architecture, carlson, Michael, sarasota, studio, Announcements, housing


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