Designed For Life

Presenting the LEED Silver plaque are Colleen Hook, Manager of Quinta Mazatlan; John Gerling, Board President; David Guerra, President IBC Bank (lead donor); Brian Godinez, Board Member; and Sally Gavlik, Director of McAllen Parks & Recreation.

Presenting the LEED Silver plaque are Colleen Hook, Manager of Quinta Mazatlan; John Gerling, Board President; David Guerra, President IBC Bank (lead donor); Brian Godinez, Board Member; and Sally Gavlik, Director of McAllen Parks & Recreation.

costs. Another simple tool was the “L” shape of the building, which allowed it to be placed in the corner of the property. This layout saved a great amount of green space for more native landscaping, and created a wildlife pond. Another “ancestral tool” was to shop locally. Thus, materials were reused and recycled. Bins were set up on the building grounds for all discarded items to be recycled, including wood, metal, glass, and more. To mimic the previous owners, native drought- and heat-resistant plants were planted to support and attract wildlife.

The DiscoveryCenter was awarded a Silver LEED certification that met the performance requirements for energy efficiency. It was “Designed for Life,” community members, and the surrounding wildlife.

 The nature center educates more than 30,000 children and adults annually —both outdoors and indoors. A recently signed contract with the school district has doubled the previous contract, now providing environmental-science curriculum programs to third, fifth, seventh, and high school honors science classes. The LEED-certified facility is an excellent tool to educate the public about sustainable building, and a useful facility for environmental education. 

Colleen Curran Hook is the Manager of Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center, city of McAllen Eco-tourism Project (promoting conservation through travel to natural areas). Reach her at chook@mcallen.net or 956-681-3370.

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