LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) - From the ashes of a devastating fire that destroyed Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church, construction is now underway on a brand new sanctuary.
“We're incorporating as many going green facets as we possibly can,” Pastor Willa Fae Williams said. “The biggest one is right now in action. Everything coming out of that building is being recycled. The four dumpsters are specified for specific items. Metal, wood, insulation and everything else that won't fit. They are all going to the green recycling center. We will be using green branded materials when we start putting walls in and doing things inside.”
The building will also have 51 different zones for heating and cooling efficiently.
“We'll have 51 new parking spaces, all the rest of this land will go back to green grass and trees, a park like public space out to near the sidewalk,” Williams said.
The green initiatives aren't going to end when the construction does. Williams said everything that is used inside the building will be taken to a recycling room and sorted until it’s ready for pick up.
The green initiatives have also had a positive impact on expenses.
“The expense of operating a building of this size is amazingly low compared to not going green,” Williams said.