VIDEO | Gardner Builders, Doing it Differently

The Wolf Ridge ELC Living Building Challenge Renovation on the M.A.C. Lodge required our construction partners at Gardner Builders to look at the project much differently than a traditional build. In this video Bob Gardner and Jonathan Ballmer discuss some of the challenges of this project and the lengths their teams went to while trying to achieve full LBC certification. Donate to Wolf Ridge Today! Tweet!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Visit Our Social Channels More Stories About The Wolf Ridge Living Building Challenge VIDEO | Gardner Builders, Doing it Differently March 13, 2018 By WolfRidgeELC In Featured Partners, Stories of The Living Building Challenge, Video No CommentsThe Wolf Ridge ELC Living Building Challenge Renovation on the M.A.C. Lodge required our construction partners at Gardner Builders to look at the project much differently than a traditional build. In this video Bob Gardner and Jonathan Ballmer discuss some of...Read More Vendor Spotlight: Lloyd’s Construction Services February 5, 2018 By WolfRidgeELC In Construction, Stories of The Living Building Challenge, Vendor Spotlight, West Dorm No CommentsWhen most people hear the word “demolition”, images of sledgehammers and front loaders are usually what come to mind. The abundance and popularity of home renovation television shows has made this phase of remodeling appear almost fun and fairly straightfo...Read More Duxton Windows and Heritage Window and Doors Step Up to Rethink Packaging and Shipping Methods for the Wolf Ridge Living Building Challenge September 8, 2017 By WolfRidgeELC In Featured Partners, Featured Products, Stories of The Living Building Challenge No CommentsWe all know that landfills are piling up all over the world. [...]

Vendor Spotlight: Lloyd’s Construction Services

Taking a Ship Out of the Bottle When most people hear the word “demolition”, images of sledgehammers and front loaders are usually what come to mind. The abundance and popularity of home renovation television shows has made this phase of remodeling appear almost fun and fairly straightforward. However, in the case of a Living Building Challenge (LBC) where recycling and reusing existing materials is as important as the building materials selected, demolition quickly becomes thoughtful, meticulous deconstruction. In the case of Lloyd’s Construction Services, a third generation Minnesota company, this challenge is exactly what they had been preparing for over their 35-year history. John Lloyd founded the business with his father when he was only 17 years old and with nothing but $500 in savings and a 1952 GMC truck. Lloyd has described the demolition side of his business as “taking a ship out of the bottle”. Much of their business has always focused on salvage, reuse and recycling, but never have these words been more applicable than during the careful deconstruction of the old West Dorm for the renovation into the new Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. An ambitious 17 year old and his 52 GMC truck Before approaching Lloyd’s Construction Services, Pete Smerud (executive director of Wolf Ridge ELC) had already been told by three contractors that the LBC requirements of his renovation plans couldn’t be met. In a Living Building Challenge when demolition and renovation of an existing structure is a part of the project, the burden placed on the demolition [...]

Duxton Windows and Heritage Window and Doors Step Up to Rethink Packaging and Shipping Methods for the Wolf Ridge Living Building Challenge

How can the packaging from a semi-truck full of new windows fit in a small car? Duxton Windows is ``Looking Out`` for the environment We all know that landfills are piling up all over the world. The Living Building Challenge asks us to consider how we can keep construction waste out of the waste stream. This becomes a special problem when it comes to transporting new windows to the site. Wolf Ridge's team of Gardner Builders, Heritage Window and Door, and Duxton Windows got their heads together to see what could be done. Donate to Wolf Ridge Today! Typically, new windows arrive encased in packaging for understandable reasons - a broken new window is a huge waste. The team looked at several options. One was to replace the typical foam and plastic wrap with recyclable cardboard. A second was to use only re-usable packing straps to secure the windows to the truck. Out-of-the-box thinking also brought up another option. What if the windows could take a short cut from Duxton's manufacturing plant directly to Wolf Ridge? This would reduce the number of times the windows were handled and moved between trucks, storage buildings, and more, greatly reducing the need for all that padding. The solution worked great! The resulting "waste" was a compact pile of cardboard that could fit in a small car on the way to the recycling plant. Not bad for a semi-truck load full of new windows! Tweet!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Visit Our Social Channels More Stories About The Wolf Ridge Living Building Challenge VIDEO | Gardner [...]

Wolf Ridge and Benjamin Moore Shake Up the Paint Industry

Because of the efforts of Benjamin Moore, the Wolf Ridge Staff can now proudly say ``Kids, this isn't just paint on the walls, it's global change.`` Wolf Ridge with design partner HGA Architects and Engineers of Mpls, MN had a specified a brand of paint for our set of projects for the past couple years.  A representative from Benjamin Moore along with Andrens Paint of Duluth, MN visited Wolf Ridge more than a year ago.  Andrens had a long history with Wolf Ridge, heard of our project and very much wanted to be a part of it.  But, Benjamin Moore did not have a product compliant with LBC.  The meeting concluded with a gracious "we'll see what we can do" from the Andrens and Ben Moore rep.  Little did we know what they were embarking upon. Donate to Wolf Ridge Today! In August of 2017 we began construction of our 8000' Staff Housing building, also the practice run at building to LBC standards.  We kept asking for documentation of LBC compliance from our specified paint supplier, an internationally known and distributed paint manufacturer, but none was supplied.  It was a great quality paint but they simply never produced the documentation. Meanwhile, little did we know that Benjamin Moore was hustling behind the scenes to step up and lead within their industry.  In June of 2017 as we began our registered LBC project of the West Dorm, we learned that Benjamin Moore had not only done the work to get their paint documented as LBC compliant, but they actually got it [...]