A prefabricated, sustainable building is slated for construction at GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Development Center, also called the Learning Center, in Ossining, NY. The structure comes from Project Frog, a San Francisco-based building company that develops buildings with green and smart technology and features. GE provided a $22 million investment for the project, and other companies like Claremont Creek Ventures and Greener Capital Partners provided investment capital as well.
Project Frog’s goal is to improve modern building practices to make buildings cheaper, faster easier to construct and what it believes can be more environmentally sustainable. They create commercial systems for educational and government purposes, as well as healthcare and retail spaces. Each building is optimized, with input from the future owners, to perform hopefully as well as possible in its particular location, with a set of energy efficient components tailored to each building project. These sets come ready to be assembled, and a Project Frog building is said to take only about six months to complete.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. GE plans to use the Project Frog building and its sustainable characteristics as a learning experience for those attending the Center, highlighting the use of sustainable and smart technology in the future. GE is also pursuing LEED certification for some of the buildings at the Center.
The investment is part of GE’s Ecomagination Challenge, which has the goal of improving building energy efficiency throughout the country. Mark Vachon, Vice President of Ecomagination says that collaboration with Project Frog will help usher in a new, cleaner future in building. “Through our investment in Project Frog’s low-energy prefab buildings, we’re not just revolutionizing the commercial-building market, we’re helping to accelerate the clean energy economy today.”