Weekly Photo Challenge: The Floor is Made of Beer Bottles?

The green bits in the terrazzo floor are crushed, recycled Heineken beer bottles.

Yes! Heineken Beer bottles, in fact. Very beautiful when viewed up close!

The WELL at Sacramento State University is the campus wellness and recreation facility. It was completed in Fall 2010 and boasts an array of recycled and Repurposed  features, earning the distinction of Gold level in LEED certification. From The WELL is turning LEED into Gold

The unique green chips in the lobby’s terrazzo floor are made up of recycled Heineken bottles that were crushed and put into the mix.

More repurposed features:

  • The entrance atrium has a 40-foot-wide skylight made of a special material that helps regulate building temperature.
  •  The building’s north-south orientation ensures that the main entrances will not be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Multiple windows and skylights eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the day.
  • The primary ingredient in the gymnasium walls is sunflower seeds.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A very good use of recycled beer bottles! Kudos to Sacramento State University, a campus in which I was both a student, and now faculty, for being GREEN!

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26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Floor is Made of Beer Bottles?

  1. Great floor and good use of colorful bottles! I worked in a LEED Double Platinum building (for its construction and ongoing energy savings and sustainability practices after it was completed) for several years before I retired. It really was a special building and we were all very proud to work there.

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  4. 10 green bottles hanging on the wall, Terri. Art, like this, deserves full credit for the recycling element and the beauty it can portray to something we often find dull and wouldn’t take a second glance at. I’ve seen wall tiles with similar themes. Very clever and, I’m guessing, very eye-catching when daylight or the sun shines on it?

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