Lansdale wins environmental awards

November 27, 2017 by  

Six projects in Montgomery County recently won awards for environmental sustainability, including two in Lansdale.

Each of the projects honored with one of the Montgomery Awards, which are given annually, excelled in its handling of sustainability in either advocacy, design, or planning.

The Montgomery County Planning Commission’s executive director, Jody Holton, said that the county has been recognizing these types of projects, which are often the result of partnerships, for 50 years. She added that this year’s winners enhance the communities in which they are located, and demonstrate that the county, though it is changing and growing, is doing so sustainably.

The Lansdale projects are the Lansdale Municipal Complex, and the SEPTA Lansdale Parking Garage. The others were the Perkiomen School, located in Pennsburg; Lower Gwynedd’s Crossways Bridge and Trail; the Bryn Mawr Village, located in Lower Merion; and the Thompson Lexus Willow Grove, which is in Upper Moreland.

The historic Lansdale Municipal Complex has won recognition for being a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. A spacious outdoor area is part of the complex. The parking garage is important in the redevelopment of Lansdale, since it has added 680 spaces for commuters to use, which will encourage them to ride SEPTA. Sustainable construction was used for the garage, which has bio-retention areas that feature native plants.

City officials might work with a newsletter printing company to create a piece for residents, informing them of the awards.