On the Fresh Edge of Green Building

Recently, we welcomed Michael McLandress to the Desert Rain Team. Adding Michael adds a friend, a neighbor, and someone incredibly dedicated to sustainability and green building.

Recently, we welcomed Michael McLandress to the Desert Rain Team. Adding Michael adds a friend, a neighbor, and someone incredibly dedicated to sustainability and green building.

With more than 30 years of experience building high-end commercial and residential buildings, Michael established his company, Brightwater Collaborative, in Bend in alignment with his passion for green building. Michael’s mission is to focus on sustainability in the built environment and when Timberline Construction brought him on as the Project Manager for Desert Lookout, we were thrilled.

On the Fresh Edge of Green Building

Michael came to Bend from the Bay Area, and started off on the green (or right) foot. His first job in Bend was as the Project Manager for the construction of Miller Elementary. This school was an important ‘first’ for Bend LaPine Schools as well as for our community. It was the first school on the east side of the Cascades, and the third in the State of Oregon, to be LEED for Schools Gold Certified. The $40 million project set the trajectory for Michael to work on more cutting edge, green projects in Central Oregon.

As Brightwater Collective, Michael is also currently working with OSU Cascades. The new 4-year, college campus will bring innumerable changes to our community and Michael is involved in planning for and development of the college’s multi-modal transportation plan. By working with Commute Options, local businesses, and citizens, Michael is looking to implement a plan from which the whole community can benefit.

As an engaged citizen, Michael, along with Tom, is on the Board of Directors for The Environmental Center.  He works with the rest of the board and staff on the non-profit’s mission to “embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.” He’s also helped the non-profit meet some of it’s own operational needs by coordinating the donation of paint and painting services to keep the 25 year old center in good, structural condition.

Leading the Way for Desert Lookout

Michael McLandress and Lyndon Moore (Moore Climate Control)

Michael McLandress and Lyndon Moore (Moore Climate Control)

Michael professes that he loves being part of the Desert Rain Team, “I’m honored to be part of this cutting edge green building project. It’s a model project for Green building and sustainability.”

Desert Lookout makes the Living Building Challenge feasible for Desert Rain. This newest structure houses the composting system for our site’s blackwater – playing a crucial role on helping our home meet all the requirements of the LBC water petal. This structure, by way of obtaining a city permit to treat blackwater onsite, also allows the City of Bend to see that onsite water treatment will work on an individual, residential level.

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