The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) announced Garfield Park Lofts in Grand Rapids, MI, as the Certified Green Building Award Multifamily winner. The Certified Green Building Awards recognize exemplary building projects that received high-performance certifications.
For two decades, LINC Up has been enriching Grand Rapids by creating affordable housing and community power. They work to connect residents to resources to lift and elevate the city’s neighborhoods. Garfield Park Lofts is one of their most recent projects. With the help of architecture firm Isaac V. Norris & Associates, P.C., this project created a wave of positive impact in the Garfield Park neighborhood. The LEED Gold-certified multi-family building has brought 36 affordable apartment units to the neighborhood. Before this project, there was not a commercial construction project in the area for 30 years. This served as an economic catalyst as a result of the hiring of local and neighborhood subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. The lofts are currently leased 100% after a flood of 500 applications.
The USGBC-WM Leadership Awards promote outstanding green building initiatives by recognizing projects, organizations, and people who have made extraordinary contributions to achieving healthy, energy-efficient green buildings in the state of Michigan.“We are thrilled to lift up organizations that lead by example,” says Cheri Holman, Executive Director of the USGBC-WM, “by sharing these accomplishments we can show that good economic decisions and green buildings can be one and the same.”
Adam Vanderlaan, Construction Manager at LINC UP, shared,“At LINC UP, we believe everyone has a right to safe, high-quality, environmentally friendly housing. We have a long way to go to make that a reality in Grand Rapids. Working with partners who are committed to long-term sustainability and using the best materials to make homes safe to live in is a priority for LINC UP and we’re honored to receive the Certified Green Building Award Winner."
LINC Up received their award at USGBC-WM’s Annual Party & Leadership Award Ceremony on the night of March 10th, 2022 at The Ballroom at McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. For more information about USGBCWM’s Annual Party & Leadership Award Ceremony, please visit www.usgbcwm.org/2021annualparty