Owners and their architects have always strived to build efficiently. Today this inclination has widened from a focus on an efficient use of materials and space to include building in ways that employ our natural resources efficiently. Sustainable design or “green architecture” presents the owner and architect with a challenge: how to build “green” without resorting to efficient but joyless buildings. It is a challenge that Black River has eagerly embraced from our founding in 1979. Our projects contain many subtle, yet effective, responses to this challenge; in total they constitute a completed building that efficiently uses our natural resources while being a pleasure to use.
Good architecture, no matter what its purpose, no matter what its scale, satisfies its occupants’ needs, utilizes our natural resources responsibly and is pleasing to use and experience.