New Long Beach Facility for Children Affected by Homelessness Wins Green Building Award


Photo courtesy of Howard CDM. 

EcoHouse, a recently completed state-of-the-art daycare and preschool center serving infants and children affected by homelessness in Long Beach, will receive the Merit Award for Sustainable Sites at U.S. Green Building Council — Los Angeles Chapter’s 6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards.

Howard CDM, a general contracting firm based in Long Beach, collaborated with the local nonprofit organization Children Today, the EcoHouse Committee and local architects Studio One Eleven to design and build the facility according to strict environmental standards. EcoHouse received Gold LEED certification in December of last year, according to Howard CDM.


“It has always been a high priority to improve the quality of life for the future by building environmentally sustainable architecture, and EcoHouse exemplifies our green building tendencies,” said Martin Howard, president of Howard CDM, in a statement.

The project boasts a landscape that features California-native and drought tolerant plants, automatic LED lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems, according to the announcement. The operation of the HVAC systems is dependent on how many people are using the facility at any given time.

“We strived to promote a cleaner environment during the renovation process by recycling all demolished materials to their appropriate facilities,” said Howard in a statement.

The EcoHouse will be recognized on Thursday, November 10 at USGBC-LA’s 6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards at its 12th Annual Green Gala, to be held at Bonaventure Brewing Company in Los Angeles.

For more information about EcoHouse and Children Today’s Foundation for the Future Campaign, visit the website here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.