Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems is going for the green in Columbia County.
The organization, which operates a variety a facilities and services focused on rehabilitation and support for people who have suffered from illness, injury or a disability, announced Tuesday that its expansion of the Planer Mill Village senior apartments in Harlem would be the first multifamily project in Columbia County to adhere to Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) standards.
Similar in nature to Leadership in Enterprise and Environmental Design (LEED) certification EGC certification is awarded to projects that combine affordable housing with green building techniques.
“We are pleased to support Enterprise Green Communities certification as a responsible and progressive approach to our residential settings,” wrote Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems President and CEO Dennis Skelly in a recent press release.
Construction has begun and has an estimated completion date of April 2013. The EGC certification ensures the project will feature predetermined ratio of preserved greenspace; will be built to EnergyStar standards: will feature a site-specific recycling area and will be built with water conservation methodologies in place.
When the Planer Mill Village expansion is complete, it will be the third certified project in the state.