Healing Place is going green to help environment and budget

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Posted on June 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:46 PM

(WHAS11) - Kentucky's largest homeless shelter and addiction recovery center is going green. The Healing Place serves hundreds of men and women each day. Now it's lending a helping hand to the environment while building its new women's facility in Louisville.

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The Healing Place's women's facility is the first new construction in the Park Hill corridor of Louisville and will house up to 240 women and children. The construction site is not like many others. The facility is being built by reducing, reusing, and recycling. In fact, 98% of the materials used will be recycled, and much of the materials being used are already recycled, such as the concrete, metals, wood, and masonry.

"One of the great things we did on this site is it was almost totally asphalt, every single inch of it, all of that was ground up and recompacted in under the building pad and parking lot area, so we reused a product normally 30 years ago people would have thrown out," said Bob Hafferman of Norman Berry Architects.

It's a big goal for the Healing Place's new women's facility to become Leed certified green, a rare stamp of approval for buildings being built with highly earth-friendly practices. One of the major conservation projects is the ground source heat pump.

"This 72,000 square foot facility is being built with the environment and sustainability in mind, but, in the future, the top priority will be sustaining and helping hundreds and hundreds of women and children in need," said Jayne Labes of the Healing Place.

Building clean and living clean go hand in hand. It's the symbol of the healing place, and now the architectural design of this entire facility. This $19-million green space is scheduled for completion this fall, with open doors and open hands to women and their children in need.

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