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Sustainable Living Center at MUM: 'As Vedic-green as it gets'
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24 November 2010
Maharishi University of Management's latest Vastu building—the Sustainable Living Center —is a showcase for Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) principles as well as cutting-edge green technologies.
A post on the news blog of the Maharishi Vastu Architecture website explains more:
The 7000 square foot [650 square metre] building on the MUM campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA will soon be home to the classrooms and offices of the very popular Sustainable Living program at the university.
The building combines so many features of sustainability and meets so many standards for ecological building that its progress is being watched closely by architects and builders around the world.
The news post also mentions a recent article in the Iowa Source—'It Takes a Team to Go Green'—that gives an in-depth look at the building's features and the team that has brought it into reality.
The article, by Linda Egenes, highlights several people who have played major roles in developing and carrying out the project, including Jon Lipman, AIA, the 'architect responsible for the floor plan and shape of the building, integrating Maharishi Vastu architecture with sustainable features'.
Everyone realized that by designing a Vastu building, 'they were creating deep sustainability,' the article explains. ' ''There's no other building like this going up in the nation, or in the world for that matter, that we know of,'' says nationally known green building expert Mike Nicklas, FAIA, the building's overall architect in charge.'
Mr Nicklas is president of Innovative Design. The technical architect of the project is another Innovative Design member, Masaki Furukawa. The article also notes contributions of Dal Loiselle, developer and construction manager, and interior designed Susan Berkowitz.
The article gives special mention to the people 'who drove it forward'—Dr David Fisher, Chair of the MUM Department of Sustainable Living, and his wife, Dr Mabel Scaroni-Fisher, who were 'so passionate about this project' that they took out a personal loan to keep it moving in the critical early stages. 'When others heard about their personal commitment to the project, donations came pouring in to pay back the loan for them.'
The project has also been greatly helped by generous donors as well as in-kind contributions from 'nationally recognized leaders in green building materials, who wanted to be associated with the cutting-edge building'.
Click here for more about the Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management.
Also see a previous Global Good News article on the Sustainable Living Center.
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