The idea of creating a sustainable environment at the Helix reaches all the way back to the selection of the site itself. Emerson/University of Dayton opted to use a brownfield site, once the location of the NCR headquarters. The team worked with the Ohio Voluntary Action Plan to clean the site, removing any contaminants from the previous use.
Site Selection then became a benefit to the larger Dayton community. The Helix is within walking distance of housing, dining, shops, churches, clinics and other businesses. Residences (single and multi family) are nearby. These make perfect use of the city’s mass transit system, making commuting to and from the Helix as easy as walking, hopping on a buss or your bike.
Sustainability also means meeting the needs of it’s occupants. Perhaps the most sustainable aspect of the building – beyond the energy efficient systems, reflective roofing, use of recycled and local materials or access to daylight and views is the buildings ability to place people in situations that allow for maximum collaboration. This will enable Emerson to supercharge their research and development of new products, and allow them to test ideas holistically across multiple platforms. The Helix is currently under LEED Construction Review, planned for LEED Silver Certification.