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Renovated apartments in Racine get LEED green building certification

The William, renovated from the former Horlick Manufacturing buildings, won a green building certification award. (Photo courtesy of J. Jeffers & Co.)

An apartment complex in Racine converted from a manufacturing building earned its certification for historic building reuse and meeting health and environmental building standards. Construction leaders involved in rehabilitating the old factory said the building was taken “from blighted to beautiful.”

The William Apartments, 2200 Northwestern Ave., was given the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Certification on Thursday, apartment owners announced. J. Jeffers & Co. renovated the former Horlick Manufacturing buildings into multifamily housing and won its first Gold LEED certification for the job.

The apartment received the certification for historic building reuse, environmental and health product declarations, and construction and demolition waste management, building officials said. The William also reduces water waste by using low flow plumbing fixtures and water metering, and encourages sustainability with a solar array and light pollution reduction.

“We are excited to achieve LEED Gold certification for The William. The complete rehabilitation and reinvention of this historic building — from blighted to beautiful — while being able to accomplish our ambitious goal of meeting LEED Gold standards is quite the feat,” J. Jeffers & Co. CMO Scott Schwebel said. “We are proud to participate in this sustainable initiative and contribute to the well-being of our residents, community, and environment.”

The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED certifications as a green building rating system and as an international symbol of excellence for design, construction and operational practices that help human and environmental health, building officials said.

“The work of innovative building projects like The William is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way our buildings are built, designed and operated,” USGBC president and CEO Peter Templeton said. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, reducing operating costs and conserving resources while prioritizing sustainable practices and human health. Because of The William, we are increasing the number of green buildings and getting closer to USGBC’s goal to outpace conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving quality of life for generations to come.”

The William is the third LEED Gold certified building in Racine, according to USGBC officials. Other city buildings that won the award were the Johnson Foundation Guest House and SC Johnson HQ West.

About Ethan Duran

Ethan Duran is the construction and development reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 551-7505 or [email protected]

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