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Better Communities by Design with Guy Bazzani
(Sept. 20-22 (Tues-Thurs) ~ Grand Rapids developer & LEED certified). See Posters: Community or Campus

For Immediate Release

For More Information:
Joan Chadde 487-3341


Better Building for a Better Tomorrow

September 13, 2005- Old buildings and declining downtowns are nothing new to Guy Bazzani, a Grand Rapids developer and principal owner of Bazzani Associates. Bazzani will share his decades of experience with local governments, residents, and contractors on his visit to the Copper Country next week, Tuesday-Thursday, September 20-22.

Bazzani Associates has made a business of revitalizing historic downtowns, designing adaptive re-uses of downtown historic buildings, as well as, pioneering new “LEED” building construction and certification. LEED, short for ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ is getting more attention as energy costs rise and schools, government offices, and institutions demand more environmentally-compatible building and site designs.

Two public presentations are planned, one at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in Houghton at 7 pm Tuesday, and a second presentation at 3 pm in Hesterberg Hall on Michigan Technological University’s campus. Bazzani also has meetings scheduled with local governments and downtown development organizations in Laurium/Calumet, Lake Linden and Hancock, and also with local contractors, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bazzani earned a 2004 Cool City Catalyst Project Award from the State of Michigan, and 2001 and 2003 Commercial Historic Preservation Awards from the City of Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission for five buildings in downtown Grand Rapids. His name has become synonymous with urban rebirth, specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-building construction and certification, and energy conservation consulting, and environmentally sustainable building and site design. For more information, see: www.bazzani.com

These events and Bazzani’s visit to the Copper Country are funded by grants from the Wege Foundation and the Americana Foundation to Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute and to the GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. Additional funders include: Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, Hitch, Inc., Upper Peninsula Power Co. (UPPCO), League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, Michigan Tech’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, and Friends of the Land of Keweenaw. The Keweenaw Community Foundation and the Keweenaw National Historical Park are also sponsoring the events.

For More Information: contact Joan Chadde (jchadde@mtu.edu) or Kristine Bradof (kbradof@mtu.edu) at 487-3341

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7- 9 PM
Revitalizing Historic Downtowns: A Visual & Economic Rebirth
Location: 7th Floor, Best Western Franklin Square Inn, Houghton
Find out how Grand Rapids was turned around to become a cool city in Michigan and a great place for young professionals and families to call home. Developer Guy Bazzani will address stimulating downtown business redevelopment, blending new development with existing historic buildings, and adaptive re-use of historic downtown buildings.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3- 4 PM (followed by reception)
The Triple Bottom Line
Location: Hesterberg Hall, MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences
Building for a sustainable future economically, socially, and environmentally. Developer Guy Bazzani will address designing LEED-certified buildings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), creating zero stormwater discharge using porous asphalt and green roofs, pedestrian accessibility, and more.


Contact Information
Guy L. Bazzani, LEED-AP
Bazzani Associates
959 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
p - 616.774.2002
f - 616.774.0606
www.bazzani.com

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