Ivywild and Curbside finalists for ‘green awards’

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After literally years of planning, the “new” Ivywild School opens to instant crowds for its variety of food and drink offerings, with some businesses supplying each other.The Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has announced finalists for its inaugural Commercial Real Estate Green Awards, including two Colorado Springs entities.

Among the 15 finalists for the awards for new and existing buildings are the Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave. and Curbside Cuisine at 225 N. Nevada Ave.

The Ivywild School is a finalist with the Harlequin Plaza 500 kW Solar Project for Rise to the Challenge: Most Accomplished Green Building,” according to a news release.

“The Ivywild School is a reinvented community anchor achieved through transformation of an old 1900’s school into a combined brewery, bakery, bicycle retail outlet, community meeting room, public radio recording studio, coffee shop/spirits lounge, and community garden,” the release stated.

Curbside Cuisine is a finalist with MSU Denver’s SpringHill Suites by Marriott & Hospitality Learning Center for “Most Successful Community Engagement.”

“Colorado Springs Urban Intervention facilitated a re-use through collaboration with property owner YMCA, permitter City of Colorado Springs, utility Colorado Springs Utilities and other partners to establish an enhanced value, community benefit gathering spot to support small business, food entrepreneurs and public art in a participatory, urban and healthy project destination,” the release said of Curbside.

Award winners will by announced at USGBC Colorado’s inaugural Awards Gala at the Grand Hall of the newly renovated Denver Union Station on Dec. 3.

One Response to Ivywild and Curbside finalists for ‘green awards’

  1. Very cool! Good luck! Can you provide a pointer to the news release?

    Frank Kinder
    July 16, 2014 at 11:30 am