Sustainable Site Development
Constructed on the site of a former parking lot, the Mohawk Community Plaza exemplifies sustainable development practices in a number of ways. Replacing asphalt with green space and pedestrian walkways has created a highly walkable and environmentally beneficial space that helps reduce the heat island effect, supports wildlife, and improves stormwater drainage. The natural finishes integrated into the design like wood, stone, and grass further support the Plaza’s return to nature.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Lighting in the Mohawk Community Plaza is a combination of solar-powered light posts and efficient LED fixtures that help minimize the amount of grid electricity consumed.
Each list post is equipped with a PV solar panel that supplies all of the energy needed to power the lights. The LED light fixtures installed on the timber pergola structure are on average 90% more efficient than a traditional incandescent lightbulb.
Water Conservation through Recycling
The Mohawk Community Plaza is finished with a permeable paving surface that allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground. This water is then collected and stored in an underground cistern. From here, an electric pump is used to recycle the rainwater to feed the signature water feature at the centre of the plaza.