Dedication of SEDL’s “Green” Headquarters Held on
April 10, 2008
CEO Wes Hoover and SEDL Board President Matthew Causey cutting the ribbon
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With about 175 people present, SEDL President and CEO Wes Hoover and SEDL Board Chairman Matthew Causey, cut the ribbon in celebration of SEDL's new headquarters in Austin, Texas. Hoover said, "This new headquarters is not just a new building, it is a reminder that new ideas, hopes and expectations must be made concrete in order for us to accomplish our mission: solving education challenges facing schools and communities."
SEDL's new headquarters is located at 4700 Mueller Blvd., in the growing Mueller community. Mueller is a planned community that includes health care facilities, office space, retail space, and homes.
The new building was designed to meet silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Some of the environmental practices used in construction include the following:
- Materials used in the building come from rapidly renewable resources such as bamboo.
- The building is cooled using Austin Energy’s chilled water loop, which runs throughout the Mueller development.
- The stone used for the building’s exterior was quarried locally, saving fuel used in shipping.
- The concrete used in the tilt wall panels contains fly ash which is residue generated in the combustion of coal.
The building was designed around the way SEDL staff collaboratively work with each other and with partners and clients. There is approximately 5,000 square feet of conference space within the building and a boardroom that seats 35.
SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas, with field offices in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit http://www.sedl.org/about/.