DESIGN CAYMAN BLOG

07 April 2010

DESIGN CAYMAN BLOG

Currently the Project Architect on the new Government Offices Accommodation Project (GOAP), which will be Cayman’s first LEED certified building, Cindy notes, “The design integrated sustainable principals from its earliest conceptual stages – with the entire parking lot being redesigned to ‘save’ a tree - and also considered the possible ramifications possible given the harsh local environment, considering hurricane resistance, storm water management and salt corrosion in order to balance the challenges of Cayman’s environment with permitting requirements.”

Going forward, Cindy hopes to use her new LEED accreditation to enhance her local knowledge, permitting expertise and continue to act as a liaison between all design disciplines and the construction teams for the Government Offices Accommodation project . With regards to her business, Cindy will continue on the path she initially set out on – “With our experience in feasibility studies, renovations, additions and new construction Design Cayman is truly qualified to satisfy the needs of our clients. We provide the full range of work from the refurbishing of a single classroom or office suite to the construction of LEED – certified and technologically advanced new structures. Regardless of the project, we work closely with the entire project team to fulfill our clients’ needs and incorporate their vision for the future into our designs.”

However, when all is said and done Cindy believes that fundamentally we can all make a difference, even at a household level. “We can’t all build a new house, from the ground up, which incorporates sustainable elements of design and architecture; but, we can all choose to use a clothes line instead of the dryer or a fan and the island’s natural breezes instead of AC. Even without a recycling programme, we can deliberate set out to reduce our contribution to the inglorious Mt. Trashmore by reusing more of our products and making better purchasing choices. We can all choose to make a difference every day, in some small way, and I challenge everyone to step up and make a commitment to do today what you can do. Don’t wait until tomorrow.” *LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.