Columbia business does green renovation

Peckham and Wright redesigned its office in an eco-friendly way.
Thursday, April 27, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:22 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

Peckham and Wright Architects on Tenth Street celebrated the eco-friendly renovation of its building with an art show and silent auction Wednesday to benefit the Central Missouri Food Bank, Alzheimer’s Association Missouri Chapter and the Rainbow House.

The Columbia firm encourages green building for its clients, which includes creating sustainable designs, building with recycled materials and reusing or recycling the debris from demolished buildings. Its local green projects include the Rainbow House, Trombe Wall Townhouses and the Peckham Solar Home, all in Columbia.

“When we took a look at our building, we decided to practice what we preach,” Nicholas Peckham, CEO of the firm, said.

When revamping the office, the firm installed 60 percent recycled carpet that will be 100 percent recyclable if they tear it out. The lighting fixtures, which reflect in a dome to spread light, are more energy-efficient and reduce harshness. The walls are painted with nature-friendly paint donated by Sherwin Williams. Even the chairs used in the office are partially made of recycled materials.

The company also recycled the old materials from the building and donated the rest to Habitat for Humanity and MU. The old carpet was the only thing that was not recycled.

“We had the option of recycling the old carpet, but because of the cost and the damage to the environment by trucking, it was more environmentally friendly to put it in a landfill,” said Erik Miller, employee and project manager of the office renovations. To recycle it would have meant storage in northern Missouri followed by shipping to a recycling plant in Georgia, he said.

The firm has worked with the three charities in the past. The Central Missouri Food Bank, which ships and receives food from all over the country, had food shortage problems last year because of regional droughts and national natural disasters, like hurricanes, Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the food bank, said.

“We spent $600,000 on food and transportation charges,” Kirkpatrick said.

Peckham and Wright was able to donate $1,438 to each of the three charities.

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