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Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage

Poetic, Practical, and Gold-Standard Green

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The Orr Cottage, named for Doug Orr, President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College, and his wife, Darcy Orr, is one of the first buildings on a college or university campus to achieve LEED Gold Certification for new construction (The first in the Southeast). Over 15 student crews did the work, making this the first completely “in house” building project at the College. The Orr Cottage, which uses 50% less energy than a conventional building of the same size, is a blend of the practical with the poetic. Constructed with stone from nearby mountains and wood siding and trim from the College forests, it exemplifies the natural-materials philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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