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Architecture, Inc. and McCormack Baron Salazar Awarded LEED Silver Certification for Green

Homebuilding: Sustainable, Urban, Affordable — July 6th, 2009

Memphis’ First LEED-Certified Residential Neighborhood

– Memphis-based architecture firm Architecture, Incorporated along with developer McCormack Baron Salazar today announced that its 686 Somerville St., located in the University Place Hope VI redevelopment of Lamar Terrace Housing project, was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding, LEED for Homes. The designation marks Memphis’ first LEED-certified residential neighborhood.

“The U.S. Green Building Council is proud to help celebrate Architecture, Incorporated and McCormack Baron Salazar’s commitment to greener living,” said Michelle Moore, senior vice president of policy and market development for USGBS. “Their leadership – demonstrated at University Place – is at the national forefront of quality, and their example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills and coming home to a healthier place to live.”

686 Somerville St. is one of 13 residential units built at University Place that have been certified using LEED. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy- and water-efficient, environmentally sound and a healthier place to live. University Place, containing 287 units, is registered in both the LEED Residential and LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot programs with the USGBC.

“With fewer than 600 certified housing units across the entire United States, we are very proud to have received this recognition of our efforts from the USGBC,” said David Schuermann, AIA, principal at Architecture, Incorporated. “It’s been a long road, but in the end, a very rewarding one.”

686 Somerville St. was designed by Architecture, Incorporated with Memphis-based Allen & Hoshall. University Place is being developed through a public/private partnership between St. Louis-based developer McCormack Baron Salazar with Memphis’ Community Capital and the City of Memphis and Memphis Housing Authority.

“We are proud to be a partner in developing University Place, and we’re very pleased with the LEED Silver Certification,” said Tom Currell, vice president at McCormack Baron Salazar. “As a developer of large-scale neighborhoods across the United States, we are dedicated to finding the best ways to help ensure our developments are sustainable, contribute to a healthy environment and conserve energy whenever possible.”

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable-built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 14,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (, and a network of 77 local chapters, affiliates and organizing groups. For more information, visit

LEED® for Homes is a third-party certification system for high-performance green homes. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in seven categories of environmental performance: Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Homeowner Awareness and Innovation and Design. To date, more than 540 homes have been LEED-certified, and more than 13,000 have been registered and are under development. For more information, visit

Architecture, Inc. is a full-service architecture and planning firm founded in 1994 by David M. Schuermann and Joseph P. Hagan. Based in downtown Memphis, Tenn., the team at Architecture, Inc. offers experience in commercial, institutional and residential architecture. The firm specializes in historic preservation, adaptive use, renovation/restoration, national parks service (historic tax credit) certified projects and multifamily develoments. For more information, visit or e-mailinfo [at] archincmemphis [dot] com.

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