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Happy Earth Day from Grow Community

We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, the Native American proverb goes, we borrow it from our children.

The wellbeing of our planet and the quality of life that we’ll leave to future generations is what Grow Community is all about.

Grow-village-kids1Every facet of our design, planning and construction asks a simple question: How can we build a healthier, more sustainable community?

The success of our first neighborhood, the Village, says we’re finding the right answers. Now, as work progresses on our next two phases, the Grove and the Park, word is really getting around.

Over this past year, we were honored to present the community at the Northwest Eco-Building Guild Green Building Slam event.  The Urban Land Institute made Grow a prominent waypoint on its roadmap to healthy neighborhoods, the excellent “Building Healthy Places Toolkit.” And we were featured in the new eco-focused publication Conscious Company.

As we reached 100 percent solar participation among our single-family homes in the Village, Solar Builder magazine named Grow one of the nation’s top residential solar installations, and we were named 2014 Home of the Year by Green Builder Magazine.

Perhaps the best accolade of all came from the National Association of Home Builders, who gave Grow its very highest honors – the prestigious Platinum Award and Best In Green Award in the 2014 Best In American Living contest.

We think we’re really on to something – a new model for healthy, sustainable urban living, one that offers the template for new neighborhoods and multi-generational living around the country and the globe.

We’re thinking ahead, and we’re thinking big. At Grow Community, we know we borrow the earth from our children – and we want to return it to them, with interest.

From all of us at Grow Community, Happy Earth Day!
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UW planning and environment students tour Grow

Grow Community hosted a tour this past weekend for University of Washington students interested in innovative approaches to urban planning. Sixteen students representing the university’s urban design and planning, architecture, environmental … [Continue reading]

March Construction Gallery

Continued iron/cable work for P/T concrete decks happening at Grow this month.  Concrete pours have begun and will continue through next week.  We expect framers to begin very soon and you will start to see the buildings go vertical beginning with … [Continue reading]

Grow featured in NW design magazine

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Grow Community and first-phase architect Jonathan Davis are featured in the new edition of Gray magazine. In an article titled “Community Builders,” the magazine touts Grow for fostering “next-level neighborliness” through innovative layout and … [Continue reading]

March Construction Update: Garage is on good footing(s)

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Work on Grow Community's Phase 2 underground parking garage continues apace. Crews are now installing rebar and cables for the post tension slab for the Salal building, forming up walls and columns for the garage of the Elan townhomes, and crafting … [Continue reading]

Grow now the standard lifestyle of the future

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Grow Community as the new standard for future living? You bet. Grow’s award-winning, net-zero neighborhood will be showcased at Living Future 2015, the annual conference of the International Living Future Institute. Jonathan Davis, architect … [Continue reading]

ULI finds Grow on its roadmap to healthy neighborhoods

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The Urban Land Institute has drawn up its roadmap for healthy development, and Grow Community is a prominent waypoint. Grow is cited twice in the “Building Health Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment,” an … [Continue reading]

Seattle Magazine touts Grow for affordable green living

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Seattle Magazine’s special “Best Affordable Neighborhoods” edition is on newsstands now, and Grow Community makes the cut among the area’s best bargains. In a helpful write-up called “How To Buy Your Dream House In a Competitive Market,” the … [Continue reading]

100 percent and a gold star – Grow aces the solar test

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Already the largest solar neighborhood in Washington state, Grow Community hit another milestone this week. With the completion of two more solar installations, every single-family home and duplex in Grow’s first phase, the Village, is now … [Continue reading]

Progress, with a chance of rain

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February Construction Update  We've had one of the mildest winters in recent memory, with no snow and only a few nights hitting freezing temperatures. At the same time, we've had quite a few significant bursts of rain - 2 inches or more at a … [Continue reading]