Nature Conservancy HQ to be energy efficient

February 16, 2009

The Nature Conservancy is finalizing plans for a $4.4 million headquarters at 620 E. Ohio St.

The local not-for-profit group is planning a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building that will take up about half a block between Easley Winery and the new six-story Maxwell condo and retail project.

The Conservancy already tore down a building previously occupied by Nemec Heating & Supply Co., which sold it the property early last year. The architect, locally based Axis Architecture and Interiors, is working to design an energy-efficient headquarters with a "green" roof, extensive landscaping and possibly wind turbines.

The organization plans to finalize a time line for the project after receiving construction bids Feb. 13.

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