The site chosen for the building was an abandoned railroad yard in a warehouse district. It needed cleaning up. So, Heifer took the challenge and removed 75,000 tons of "dirty" earth, lots of scrap and some dilapidated buildings. They used the masonry from some of the buildings for the new construction.
What makes it green:
Irrigation water is collected from a restored wetland around three sides of the building. To cool the building, rainwater is collected from the roof and graywater from sinks and fountains. This water is also used in toilets . . . if they're not waterless. Many of the urinals are.
The layout of the building allows natural light in, allowing employees and visitors to use natural light. The building has light sensors which adjust for overcast days and night.
Where / Contact:
Tours are offered Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours take about 30 minutes.
No reservation is required, but for groups larger than 15 please call two weeks in advance. Tours are designed for adults and families only. School groups, preschool through high school cannot be accommodated at this time.
For more information please call 501-907-2600.