Our biggest opportunity (and challenge) is in rethinking the remainder of the site - which we had previously designed as an central parkland fescue prairie landscape. We had originally focused our efforts on creating reasonably authentic plant communities (grasses, wildflowers, some shrub planting) over maximizing urban agriculture opportunities. Now we are looking at the potential for these same plants - as well as new plants - which contribute to the imperative.
When the team agreed to capture stories and lessons learned from the Mosaic Centre project, I had no idea what we were committing to. A project of firsts in many respects; I underestimated the amount of learning required to position the team for success. The first net-zero commercial building in Alberta, the first LEED Platinum attempt for commercial north of Calgary, the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certification attempt in Alberta and the first IPD contract delivery for anyone on our team. We were creating design decision logic at an alarming rate, all the while attempting to record our “breadcrumbs”.
Dennis invited me to this meeting, saying that he and Christy would value my presence. I took this to mean that they still valued my direct, honest opinions and comments—yay! The meeting participants were just Shafraaz, Christy, Dennis and myself.…
Time to think outside the square.
Falling in love with life again.
Ready to start!