Most importantly, the ECC reflects the values and commitment of the City to its citizens. An intense land use process engaged the public and had the design team involved in neighborhood meetings. MWA supported this outreach effort by gathering feedback from architectural and landscape preference surveys, producing 3D visuals to allow neighbors and the public to envision this project.
The ECC was carefully designed, with efforts to maximize passive and sustainable strategies for building operation while minimizing its impact on the surrounding neighborhood and local natural processes. Interior daylighting, efficient insulation design, and rainwater harvesting reduce both operating costs and the need to rely on off-site resources. Extensive native low-water landscaping and 100% on-site stormwater infiltration promotes efficient water management, reduces heat-island effect and presents a more refined appearance to both the neighbors and adjacent public park.