Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Rochester's Newest Brewery with Sustainable Design Features
|Rochester, NY - Nedloh Brewing opened its doors this past weekend, adding its name to the growing list of craft breweries in the Finger Lakes region. It is also on another list - a list of sustainably-built craft beverage buildings designed by Edge Architecture. Since 2008, Edge has been designing breweries, wineries and distilleries in the Finger Lakes and Northeast United States. They specialize in sustainable building, which is something many brewers, winemakers and distillers value.|
Sustainable building sounds fancy, but it is also a cost-saving measure for many of Edge's clients. Buildings like Nedloh are built to work with the surrounding environment, taking advantage of the resources and beauty, and minimizing negatives.
For example, the Nedloh building is oriented so that a wall of windows faces north. This allows for daylight to enter the brewery from sunup to sundown, without suffering from direct heat from the sun. A roof overhang on the south side of the building also reduces heat by blocking direct sunlight. That same roof overhang was designed so that the sun can provide heat in the winter when the sun comes in at a lower angle. Beer coolers for breweries are very large - they can hold up to 5,000 gallons of beer - and need to be kept cold. By installing the coolers below the ground, they are protected from outside heat, costing less to keep the beer cold.
Water is another element that can work for or against a building. Edge designed a stone parking lot for Nedloh to allow rain water to flow directly into the ground and a rain garden to collect run-off waters for decorative plants. On-site ponds also collect rain water and a green septic system reduces strain on the municipal system.
Nedloh is also built with energy-saving building materials. High-performance insulation reduces energy use in winter and summer. A high-tech rainscreen system is part of the wall construction. It involves a moisture-resistant barrier underneath the siding, with a gap in between. Any water that manages to get through the siding is trapped by the barrier and either drains out or evaporates.
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About Edge Architecture, PLLC:
Edge is located in Rochester, New York and specializes in craft beverage, winery and higher education architectural design. With winery, brewery and distillery work completed throughout the Northeast, the team at Edge has a combined experience of designing over 30 craft beverage facilities. An important aspect of their work is sustainable building, which lowers operating costs and keeps projects within budget.
Edge services include building plans, building layout, architectural services, code review, building permits & agency approvals, cost estimating services and more.
For more information, visit www.WineryDesigners.com or call (585) 461-3580.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
September in the City Art Fair in Tricentennial Park Wednesday
The free art show series, held 11:30am to 2pm every Wednesday in September, returns this week
ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany presents the 2014 September in the City Art Fair series, September Wednesdays in Downtown Albany’s Tricentennial Park. A midday showcase for local art, music and culture, September in the City features exhibits and work available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters, with a different live musical act providing the soundtrack each week. The September in the City Art Fair is sponsored by Albany Center Gallery and Exit 97.7 FM.
This week’s September in the City Art Fair features live music by:
Holly & Evan: Sept. 17
Holly & Evan are the blues. Both from long, rich musical backgrounds, Holly Taormina and Evan Conway have updated the tradition of the barrelhouse with their unique style. Together, they showcase a wide range of original and cover material, in the styles of blues, jazz, and soul. The originals, which are often featured on local radio, are catchy, full of personality, and can appeal to audiences everywhere.
For more information on the September in the City Art Fair, call 518.434.2032, visit www.albanyevents.org<http://
E-Vehicle Charging Stations Now Available at Albany-based Hampton Hotels
“Hilton Worldwide is committed to living sustainably, and helping our guests maintain their sustainable habits while on the road,” said Brad Freet, senior director, Product, Quality & Innovation, Hilton Worldwide. “This EV program provides the means for guests to choose a more eco-friendly travel option and is a natural extension of our current renewable and energy efficiency initiatives. Our hotels are fortunate to have GE, Hertz and Skychargers on board to help power this initiative for EV enthusiasts visiting the Albany area.”
Hilton Worldwide hotels currently offering EV chargers as a part of the program:
- Hampton Inn Albany-Wolf Road (Airport) – 10 Ulenski Drive, Albany, NY 12205
- Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Airport – 45 British American Blvd, Latham, NY 12110
- Hampton Inn Clifton Park – 620 Plank Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
- Hampton Inn Downtown Schenectady Hotel – 450 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
- DoubleTree Schenectady – 100 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308
- Home2 Suites Albany – 10 Metropark Road, Albany, NY 12205
“Hertz has been a leader in offering electric vehicles to our customers and we’re pleased to add Albany to the list of cities where EVs are offered,” said Louis Scarpelli, Region Vice President, Hertz. “By working with our partners, we’ve created local area infrastructure to make renting an EV a reality for travelers to New York’s Capital Region. Environmental sustainability is important for Hertz, and we’re committed to moving forward the development of EV options.”
Skychargers provided funding for the pilot, which rolled out at the end of 2013. The project is part of Charge-NY, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's initiative to accelerate the use of electric vehicles in New York State by promoting the demonstration of EV charging equipment. Additional support came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Now, in partnership with Skychargers, GE, and Hertz, any Hilton Worldwide hotel that is seeing an influx of electric vehicle use in their area is able to install EV chargers. With the U.S. Department of Energy estimating one million EVs to be on the road by 2015, the demand for electric charging stations will ultimately see growth in the coming months.
“Driving an electric vehicle fulfills a personal green commitment, and I encourage first time EV drivers to use the program as a test drive,” said Skychargers’ President David McGann. “The program is both environmentally and financially shrewd. I booked the program with a Chevy Volt for two days and experienced tremendous gas savings.”
For more information about the program or to book a stay a Hilton Worldwide EV-friendly hotel in the Albany area, visit www.skychargers.com/travelers or visit www.hampton.com. To learn more about Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility initiatives, go to cr.hiltonworldwide.com.
The "National Wild Turkey Federation" is actually a Thing....
Festival of Nations Planned October 26 in Watervliet
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Accomodations for the Cooperstown Farmers Museum Fall Festival
We no longer attend their Winter Carnival annually but we've managed to continue to make the trek to the Farmers Museum for the Fall Festival - which happens to be this weekend and coincides with my dad's 70th birthday.
As with most festivals, our family seems to like the tradition behind it. We go, look around at the interactive exhibits, and enjoy the food and entertainment. There was a juggler that my siblings always especially liked as kids, and he was there even last year. The chili is always fresh and meat-filled. The yellow corn is salted and buttered to perfection.
Not much has changed there, except us.
We'll be going there again this year but, instead of making it a day trip, which it can be very comfortably from Troy, we're staying overnight at a place called the Lake N Pines Motel just about a mile from the museum.
When I was looking around at hotels and motels, this seemed to be the best option and bang for our buck. The $85-$95 rooms (since it's off-season now) include access to the waterfront of a lake, paddle boating, inside/outside pools, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and the size/type of rooms that we were looking for.
And, though I don't remember, my sister informs me that we likely stayed there a long time ago when we went for the same festival.
I'll let you know how the overall stay is but it's shaping up to be a fun, nostalgic time.