Grand Opening of Legacy Project Celebrated
In April 2011, Master Builders Association (MBA) members joined together with the city of Bellevue, the Pacific Science Center and other local leaders for the official ribbon-cutting of your association's legacy project, a wet lab at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue named Pond Lily.
The project, which the MBA built and donated to the city of Bellevue, represents the crown jewel of our commitment to perform 100 community service projects in honor of our centennial celebration during 2009.
"Although it took longer than anticipated to complete, we're still very proud to call this our Legacy Project, and we're especially proud of the fact that this is located right here in Bellevue, where we are based," said Executive Officer Sam Anderson at the ribbon cutting.
The city of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center partnered to provide a wide variety of programming at Mercer Slough for adults and students from schools throughout the region designed to inspire lifelong awareness, understanding and appreciation for stewardship of the natural world. The wet lab will be used as a classroom to support this valuable programming for years to come.
"Pond Lily represents our desire to promote responsible, environmental practices and quality construction," Anderson added.
In addition to the LEED Gold designation granted to the site in total, Pond Lily has achieved a 5-Star Built Green certification. Some of the building's green features include the following:
- A green roof that filters pollutants and reduces stormwater runoff.
- A building model that performs a minimum of 30 percent better than new-construction energy code based on a super-insulated envelope and a high-efficiency radiant heating system.
- A heat recovery ventilator that captures the warm air leaving the building and uses it to preheat the cold air coming into the heating system.
- Saved and re-planted plants that had to be removed during construction, which reveals one small part of our commitment to preserving the sites ecological functions.
Master Builders Association Past President David Main of Creative Home Partners, LLC, led the construction of the wet lab project on your association's behalf. Additionally, three builder captains oversaw key phases of Pond Lily's construction, including Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle, Grey Lundberg of Grey Lundberg Inc. in Bellevue and Joe Schwab of HCS Construction Services in Bellevue.
"These builder captains really made this project possible, and I want to acknowledge and thank them for all of their efforts," said Main.
Over 40 companies were involved in the construction of Pond Lily, providing a product or service that helped make the wet lab possible.
A unique feature of Pond Lily is that it includes a time capsule that has been built into one of the wet lab's walls. The time capsule, which builder captain David Main helped dedicate at the ribbon cutting, includes association memorabilia with a special emphasis on our centennial celebration and Built Green program.
The assocation also invited the city of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center to contribute items to the time capsule, which will be opened in 50 years.
Words of appreciation
Bellevue Councilmember Grant Degginger, Pacific Science Center President and CEO Bryce Seidl and several other local leaders expressed their sincere appreciation to the MBA for donating Pond Lily at the grand opening celebration.
"In the midst of an economic downturn, you have created this legacy project that sends some great messages to young people and adults in our community and region," said Degginger.
"Your commitment to this facility and region is inspiring. As is your commitment to sustainable building practices, which is reflected in the design and construction of the wet lab," added Seidl.
Jerry Henry, campaign co-chair of the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, also expressed his appreciation at the event, saying, "We can't thank you enough for this significant contribution to a center that is truly helping students discover knowledge and ignite stewardship of our environmental treasures for future generations."
Thanks to these companies for making the wet lab possible:
AAA Kartak Glass & Closet
Advanced Fire Protection
Allied Building Products
American Insurance Associates, LLC
Applied Professional Services Inc.
Burke Electric, LLC
Collins Concrete Construction
Creative Home Partners, LLC
DIMA Concrete Construction
Frank Murphy & Sons, Inc.
Grey Lundberg, Inc.
Hauge & Hassain Inc.
Hayre McElroy & Associates, LLC
HCS Construction Services Co.
Jones and Jones Architects and Landscaping Architects, Ltd.
Luxor Landscape Inc.
Masciotra Custom Contracting
Martha Rose Construction, Inc.
McDowell NW Pile King Inc.
North City Lumber
Northwest Cascade Inc.
Northwest Mechanical Inc.
Pacific Concrete Pumping
Pacific Overhead Door
Progressive Insulation Company
Residential Recycle LLC
Roofing Services Inc
Scorpian Framing LLC
Star Roofing and Construction, Inc.
Sunrise Material Placing Inc.
Westside Concrete Accessories