El Chorro Lodge

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El Chorro Lodge

Built in 1934 as a school for girls and later transformed into a restaurant and lodge, El Chorro Lodge has a long history as one of the Valley of the Sun’s favorite landmarks. The project team made it a top priority to keep El Chorro’s rich history and classic charm while updating the facilities to today’s technology and energy efficiencies. Materials were salvaged, doors and windows were updated to more efficient standards, and the tops of the buildings now capture solar energy. El Chorro Lodge now has a total of 4800 SF of dining and bar space, 7500 SF of patio space, 13 fireplaces, three fire pits, indoor dining that seats 150, exterior patio seating for 200, a 4600 SF Even Pavilion that can accommodate up to 250 with an adjacent lawn area, a vegetable and herb garden, and a bocce lawn off the old Classroom Bar. Green Ideas integrated several sustainable strategies into the design, development and construction of the project allowing the Lodge to earn LEED Gold level certification.


Sustainable Strategies

  • Generation of onsite renewable energy through 142 kW photovoltaic (PV) system

  • Low VOC-emitting materials for the building’s interior creates enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality

  • High-performance, reflective roofing and cool paving systems reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Low-flow fixtures reduce domestic water use

  • Zero CFC-based refrigerants in HVAC base building systems reduce degradation of the ozone layer

  • Comprehensive Public Education Program was implemented including permanent signage of green building features, educational outreach to the community, and green building and design tours

Project Results

  • LEED for New Construction Gold level achieved

  • 61% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2007 energy standard

  • 51% reduction of potable water use for irrigation

  • 23% reduction of potable water for domestic use

  • 80% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill

El Chorro Lodge_LEED Facts

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