Written By: U.S. Green Building Council
“The Innovative Project Award honors projects that break the mold of standard building construction, design, and operations. The projects in question exemplify innovation and astute practices that reflect the goals of the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM)’s programs. The Innovative Projects were voted on by the Board of Directors and Staff. The USGBC-WM was excited to announce John Ball Zoo as our first-place winner for their Pygmy Hippo Habitat project.
John Ball Zoo’s Pygmy Hippo Habitat project opened its doors to visitors in June of 2023, helping the Zoo to reach a record attendance of over 700,000 guests. The Living Building Challenge Materials Petal certified habitat is a project that rises above standard practices. It brings a level of innovation and sustainability that not only meets but exceeds global regenerative design standards, all while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The project stands as a testimony to what can be achieved when innovation, sustainability, and community vibrancy come together in harmonious synergy. . .”