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Mel Trotter Ministries earns LEED Silver certification
Mel Trotter Ministries has been awarded a LEED Silver certificate by the U.S. Green Building Council for its fourth-floor renovation, which serves as a temporary home for women and their children.
USGBC cited the renovation as an exemplary green project that resulted in reducing water usage and for using regional materials and Energy Star appliances.
Rockford Construction managed the project and made sure it was built according to LEED standards.
Mel Trotter has a long history of sheltering women with drug and alcohol dependencies on the second and third floors of its building at 225 Commerce Ave. SW.
But its program had grown to the point where all available space on both floors was taken. So ministry officials decided to add the fourth floor, which was used for storage, to the program.
The renovation created seven new apartments that can house up to 30 women and their children. The project also delivered a children’s play area, a library, a video lounge and a craft center.
“Mel Trotter remains committed to building sustainably in order to provide the best, healthiest, most cost-effective space for the community we serve,” said Rev. Chico Daniels, the nonprofit's CEO, president and visionary.