204-206 East Girard Ave. is the first LEED Platinum certified mixed-use rehab in Pennsylvania

Owners of Web Development Company, YIKES, Inc. Converts Vacant Fishtown Buildings Into Sustainable Business and Residential Properties
204-206 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
204-206 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Sept. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- 204-206 East Girard Ave has been certified LEED Platinum, the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This makes the pair of buildings the first LEED Platinum mixed-use rehab in Pennsylvania. The 5,720-squarefoot project includes two ground-floor storefronts – one of which serves as the office for web design and development company, YIKES, Inc – and four apartments on the second and third floors.

A plaque mounting ceremony will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:30pm at the buildings.

YIKES, Inc. co-owners, Mia and Tracy Levesque purchased the vacant, blighted buildings at 204-206 East Girard, Philadelphia, PA 19125 in 2010 with the plan to turn them into green business and residential units. This ambitious LEED Platinum project was unique in that it was a rehabilitation of existing buildings unlike most others that are new construction.

The team for the project included Plumbob Architects, Greensaw Design & Build, LLC, and Sustainable Solutions Corporation. Sustainable building practices were used to utilize materials that were natural, renewable, durable, locally produced, recycled or contain recycled content and contain a minimum concentration of toxic materials (VOC’s, formaldehyde, etc.). This project adhered to the building philosophy known as “slow build.” Material, when possible, was salvaged from dismantled sites. Local craftspeople contributed their own expertise to creatively solve design issues. Labor and time was spent re-visioning different uses for reclaimed and recycled material. Sustainable finishes were used whenever possible with an emphasis on performance and longevity.

YIKES, Inc. was founded in 1996 with a commitment to sustainable business practices. Owners Tracy and Mia Levesque are thrilled to help fulfill this mission by providing a LEED Platinum office for YIKES to operate from. B Corp (bcorporation.net) awarded the building project their 2011 “Most Inspirational Project” Award.

YIKES is a certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
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