Library Wins Green Construction Honorable Mention

Ferndale Public Library Wins Green Construction Honorable MentionJust 4 Us

(John Sterritt, 2/7/2011)

At this year’s Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) annual meeting, held in Detroit on February 2, the Ferndale Public Library expansion and renovation project was awarded an Honorable Mention in their “Green Project of the Year” award category. There were just five other projects given this award in the state.

On hand to receive the award were Seth Penchansky and Dan Whisler, the architects, Richard Scheck of Frank Rewold and Son (the construction manager), and Patrick Dengate, library board trustee.

“This recognition is especially gratifying coming as it does after a rather bleak fall and winter, dealing with the aftermath of the flood in November,” Dengate said. “It affirms the board’s decision, with encouragement from the public, to build our new library in as sustainable a manner as possible.”

The new Ferndale Library is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold-Level certification from the Green Building Council, a national organization. The green features of the building are projected to save $13,000 per year in energy consumption.

Founded in 1885 as the Builders Exchange of Detroit and Michigan, the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) is the oldest and largest construction association in North America. The mission of CAM is to provide service, information and assistance to the construction industry.

To read more about the Ferndale Public Library’s Green Building, please read about our tour of the facilities at

The Library is currently closed due to flooding, and is expected to open at the end of February.  For more information about the Library and their upcoming events, check out their website at

For previous Ferndale 115 coverage of the Library, go to

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