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MFE Concept Community 2018

The 2018 MFE Concept Community is a nine-month program designed to promote best practices in sustainable design and development. The project, a collaboration between MFE; architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM); and developer–operator AMLI Residential, will examine the steps necessary to help multifamily businesses create profitable, environmentally sound communities that foster resident health and wellness. Along the way, we’ll spotlight various products and design considerations that encourage net zero building performance, reduced costs, and improved ROI.

Join us on this journey and follow the SOM–AMLI team’s progress here!

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Looking for Next-Generation Energy Systems? They’re Already Here

2018 MFE Concept Community looks at zero-energy, zero-emission design. More

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Most Residents Will Pay More for Green Features, Survey Finds

AMLI's Sustainable Living Index finds dwellers remain concerned about environment. More

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Building Positive: Living Well Concept Community

At the 2018 Multifamily Executive Conference in September, the team behind this... More

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Top 10 Takeaways From the 2018 MFE Concept Community

Project packs lots of learning, best practices into sustainable, healthy living. More

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Passive House Certification: What's Behind the Process

How the 2018 MFE Concept Community incorporated the program's standards. More

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Virtual Reality as Wellness Teaching Tool

The technology shows residents how to use health, well-being benefits of housing. More

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Wellness-Focused Communities Take Resident Health to Next Level

Renters want their apartment to provide more than a shelter they escape to in... More

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Living Beyond the Unit

Design encourages community to reduce social isolation. More

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Vitamin D–Fortified Design

SOM looks at design that responds to Vitamin D deficiency. More

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The New Role of Health and Well-Being in Housing

How does housing impact the health and well-being of its residents? What responsibility does housing have to its occupants, and how is it changing? In this short video, Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and Brian Lee, principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, share new innovations in design that will change the way people think about the relationship between their home and their health. More

Meet the Players

As president of AMLI Residential, Philip Tague oversees the company’s development and construction activities. Prior to joining AMLI in 1981, he worked for the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown. Philip is a past president and/or chairman of the Atlanta Apartment Association, the Georgia Apartment Association, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Philip received a B.S. from Northwestern and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.

Vice president for sustainability at AMLI Residential, Erin Hatcher has overseen, managed, or assisted in over 50 LEED projects varying in size from 9,000 square feet to more than 500,000 square feet, including high-rise, retail, health-care, educational, office, and campus developments. Prior to joining AMLI in 2012, Erin worked as a sustainability consultant in Chicago focusing on LEED for New Construction projects. She received her BFA in interior design from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified Construction Documents Technologist.

Brian Lee, FAIA, a design partner at SOM, practiced in the firm’s San Francisco office for 28 years before joining SOM’s Chicago office in 2007. His portfolio encompasses an array of award-winning projects on all scales, including the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown Branch and the China World Trade Center in Beijing.

Brian’s work was exhibited in the 2004 Venice and Beijing Biennales, the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, and the 2015 Chicago Biennial. He is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity San Francisco and Chinatown Community Development Corp. San Francisco and is director emeritus of On Lok Inc., a nationally recognized leader in community health care. Brian, a LEED accredited professional, received his B.A. in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. from Harvard University.

Luke Leung’s work includes Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest man-made structure, as well as General Motors’ Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, the Embassy of Ottawa in China, the Rolex Tower in Dubai, and the Pertamina Tower, the tallest and largest net-zero building on Earth. He is a multiple winner of several awards from the National Institute of Building Sciences and ASHRAE, among other industry organizations. Additionally, Luke serves as chairman of the Building Pressure Committee of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings and of the Sustainable Committee with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Laura McComb, a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in homes, joined AMLI in 2016. Previously, she worked as the Community Conservation Corps and Transportation fellow at the Shi Center for Sustainability. She received her B.S. in sustainability science from Furman University.

Jennifer Wolf joined AMLI in 1990 and since then has held several positions involving financing, feasibility, and analysis. As senior vice president, development, she is responsible for the firm’s development activities in Chicago. Jennifer holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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