Following in the footsteps of many other historic buildings achieving LEED certification, such as the President Lincoln’s Cottage Visitor Education Center (Washington, DC), the Colorado State Capitol (Denver, CO), National Geographic Headquarters (Washington, DC) and even the Empire State Building (New York, NY) and Chrysler Building (New York, NY), NCPTT is seeking to use the Lee H. Nelson Hall as the platform for remaking and greening historic buildings, and as a laboratory for sustainable preservation and stewardship. With planned maintenance improvements and potential capital improvement projects such as heating and cooling system upgrades, the organization is well positioned to rethink preservation practices without losing its meaning or “heritage.”
The purpose of this sustainability management plan is to develop a road map for greening the maintenance and operations procedures at Lee H. Nelson Hall, which can be used as a model for other existing and historic buildings. All work will be sympathetic to and respect the historic significance and character- defining features of this historic place.
As Kurt Vonnegut has been quoted as saying, “Another flaw in the human character is that everyone wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” NCPTT acknowledges the importance of a strong maintenance program and this sustainability management plan is one way forward.