Cook-Albert Fuller Center is Full of Green Features

Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, in partnership with The Boldt Company, has recently completed construction of the Cook-Albert Fuller Center at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. The 7,400 square-foot nature center is the first LEED-certified (Leadership Energy and Environmental Design) commercial building in Door County.

Located at the intersection of Highway 57 and Ridges Road, the new facility houses a discovery room with hands-on exhibits, an interpretive center/meeting space and a nature store. Most important, it’s positioned upon 1,600 protected acres of some of the most environmentally critical lands in Door County. Modeling the organization’s mission for environmental protection and conservation, the Cook-Albert Fuller Center is chock-full of “green” features to save the organization energy and money long term. Low-flow toilets, energy efficient lighting with motion sensors, furniture made of recycled materials, high-efficiency appliances, a geothermal heating/cooling system and solar heat-gain windows are just some of the innovative features included. Rain barrels will be installed later this year as well.

“Van’s is proud to have been the general contractor for the state-of-the-art Cook-Albert Fuller Center,” said Van’s Lumber Sales Manager Jeff Peterson, who worked on the project. “The center is expected to earn its LEED designation as a building that is environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and most importantly, an anchor in downtown Baileys Harbor,” he continued. “Our team extends our wishes for a bright future to the Ridges.”

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