Sandcastle is in charge of updating the concession building at Lake Nokomis. We took this opportunity to work with fellow south Minneapolis talent. Here is our team:
John Booth, Contractor
John Booth has been in the design and construction business for ten years. He works with his clients to consciously design and build stylish and efficient personal environments while having a minimal impact on the greater environment.
Paul Neseth and Wynne G Yelland
708 W 40th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Paul and Wynne are LOCUS founders. They designed and built their own homes and practiced sustainability before everything became “green.” With a wall of design awards you may still find them wading through junkyards with clients looking for the right patina. They blog on sustainability and lecture on relationship based creativity.
Designs are set and we are in the process of getting them approved by the MPRB, City Health Department, and pulling the appropriate permits for construction. Once approved, we will share plans and updates on construction here. Also, be sure to read the blog for more details on how the whole enterprise is moving forward.
Sandcastle consulted with a Hennepin County Master Recycler to develop our zero-waste service plan. We will invest in all compostable service products and develop a trash system with a goal to have all of the waste composted or recycled. We will have kegged house wine and beer with some other options in can and glass that can be recycled. We will recycle all used fry oil and are looking into donating it to a non-profit that uses a car that runs on the waste.
If you are interested in becoming a Master Recycler, just go to Hennepin County’s website.
Equipment will be new and high efficiency. We are looking into options for technology that can help monitor and control energy usage based on volume.
We had the site evaluated for solar panels. Unfortunately, the building is not an ideal site due to tree cover blocking sun access. We discussed an early plan to put solar panels on a pavilion, ideally placed in the sun’s path that was not approved by the licensing department (the pavilion location, not the solar panels) We are currently looking into other forms of renewable energy for the building.