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WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Cave Foreclosure Averted

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Cave Foreclosure Averted

A family in Festus, MO facing foreclosure on its cave home recently found a way to keep it. In February, Curt and Deborah Sleeper had plans to auction their 17,000-square-foot home (built inside a former limestone and sandstone cave) on eBay with an opening bid of $300,000. But, early this month, the founder/owner of Logical Source, Inc., a New Jersey-based document management company, made the couple an offer that will allow them to stay in their cave.





WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Color My World

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Color My World

If your facility is in need of some furnishings guaranteed to make an impression, these color changing designs from Phillippe Boulet may be just the thing.




LEED-CI Silver For Kimball Office Headquarters

LEED-CI Silver For Kimball Office Headquarters

The furniture company recently completed its 41,160 square foot corporate headquarters in Jasper, IN. The space, designed by Gensler, brings the Kimball Office team together in one central location within Kimball International’s main site in Jasper. (Kimball Office is a business unit of Kimball International.) “Creating sustainable facilities anchors our design criteria, as it does for many of our clients,” said Mona Hoffman, vice president of marketing at Kimball Office. “Using the LEED-CI guidelines helped us improve the environmental performance of our corporate offices and gave us an effective model for demonstrating green strategies and solutions to commonly experienced renovation problems.” Several notable details qualified the space for LEED-CI Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). These included: Diverting more than 80% of on-site construction waste from landfills Specifying locally manufactured, recycled, and rapidly renewable materials Using green housekeeping products Sharing the project as part of an educational program to give clients insight to sustainable building design and environmentally friendly products Other sustainable strategies involved: Making daylight and window views available to more than 90% of occupants Providing centrally located recycling collection areas Minimizing or eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in materials specified for paints, adhesives, carpets, and composite wood materials Retrofitting plumbing fixtures to increase water efficiency Employing multiple measures to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality Kimball Office is a member of the USGBC and operates several LEED-certified facilities, including its New York, Chicago, and Jasper showrooms. The company’s San Francisco and Atlanta showrooms are applicants for LEED certification.