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Case Studies & Cocktails

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Starts On - December 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Ends On - December 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
3830 N Marshall Way
Scottsdale , AZ 85251

Save the date for USGBC Arizona's holiday Case Studies and Cocktails at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West in Old Town Scottsdale.

Learn how the recently completed museum was designed to support LEED Gold criteria through, among other features, its rainwater collecting "weeping wall," woven metal overhangs and saguaro cactus inspired concrete ribbing.

The evening will include a casual talk and tour by the architect and drinks in the central sculpture courtyard.

This event has been approved for 0.5 GBCI CE.


  • USGBC Arizona members — $20
  • Non-members — $25
  • Students — $5

About Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West is a LEED v2009 Gold-certified 43,000-square foot and two-story museum building located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Design strategies were implemented to achieve high performance in the following categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The museum is the result of an adaptive reuse project that transformed the original site of the Loloma Transit Station to the museum that stands today. Water savings is central to the design of the museum as the roof collects rainwater and channels the water through bio-swales for collection, filtering, and distribution to the building's landscape. A connected "weeping wall" located in the sculpture courtyard supplies condensate to native plants in the area, featuring low-water-use desert plants.

Energy use is reduced by 38 percent with shading strategies, including installation of concrete ribbing on the museum's façade that provides shade to the building's exterior and a woven metal overhang located on the second level that provides shade for the overall building. Materials used throughout the project were regionally and sustainably sourced, and over 75 percent of non-hazardous debris generated from the construction process was recycled or salvaged. High-quality controlled lighting systems were installed and low-VOC paints and coatings were used throughout the museum.

Learning objectives

  1. Identify adaptive reuse strategies the project team used to transform the original site of the Loloma Transit Station into the cultural institution that is Scottsdale's Museum of the West today.
  2. Recognize how the museum utilizes an innovative system to reduce water use and supply filtered water to the museum's landscape and low water-use desert plants.
  3. Understand how the use of shading strategies can substantially reduce a building's energy use and contribute to energy savings.
  4. Learn how regionally and sustainably sourced materials and low-VOC paints were carefully selected and incorporated