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Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects’ M Station wins ACRE and USGBC LEED Platinum Awards

Posted in Awards by Kristie
April 4, 2012

Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects (H+UO) is pleased to announce that M Station, the recently-completed multi-family community designed by Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects, received the Social Impact Award from the Austin Business Journal, as well as one of the highest scoring USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Awards for its sustainable and energy efficient design.

Presented at ACRE‘s Annual Luncheon at Austin’s Four Seasons Hotel March 30th, the award was accepted by Walter Moreau, Executive Director of Foundation Communities, Tom Hatch, Founder and Principal of Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects and Bailey-Elliott Construction Company.

The award reflects Foundation Communities’ and Hatch + Ulland Owens’ shared commitment to creating sustainable, socially and environmentally conscious design that reaches across economic and social boundaries.  M Station was nominated for awards in two additional categories as well: Green Building and Multi-Family Leasing.

M Station, a vibrant community designed for working families with low to moderate incomes, has earned Hatch + Ulland Owen one of the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest scoring LEED Platinum ratings for multi-family housing. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “We are very proud of M Station, the LEED Platinum certification, the needed housing it provides, and our relationship with the incredible Foundation Communities team” noted Tom Hatch.

About Foundation Communities
Foundation Communities is a non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed. They offer an innovative, proven model that enables residents and neighbors to achieve educational success and financial stability. Foundation Communities owns and operates 16 properties in Austin and North Texas providing affordable homes to over 2,500 families, creates enriched learning environments for over 700 children, as well as ongoing adult education and financial coaching, and help over 18,000 low income residents file their taxes free of charge every year. For more information, please visit http://www.foundcom.org/.

About + Hatch Ulland Owen Architects
Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects (HUOA) is an Austin-based architectural studio focused on creating sustainable, as well as socially and environmentally conscious people places.  Founded by Tom Hatch in 1978, the studio’s commitment to strong, vibrant communities has inspired a wide range of distinctive and accessible projects including; The Crossings Holistic Learning Center and Wellness Spa (now Travaasa), Whole Foods Markets around the country, Book People, Tuscany Market, Threadgill’s, Twin Oaks Library, Mueller community homes, the Pease Mansion, and a wide array of wonderful homes for those with limited financial resources.   A dynamic design studio with a wide range of architectural expertise, H+UOA prides itself on delivering high quality, client-focused services resulting in sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally conscious architecture in the hospitality, education, retail/office, community restoration and development, and residential markets.

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