Cradle to Cradle and LEED Make It Right in Kansas City

The Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy, the organization has since expanded to help families in underserved communities across the country.

Bancroft School 1

Built in 1909 and abandoned since 1999, the Bancroft School in Kansas City, MO has been transformed from a decaying eyesore into LEED Platinum apartments that serve as a model for change in a blighted neighborhood. In addition to fifty new rental units, the structure features 75-kilowatt solar array installed on the roof, high-performance windows and daylighting techniques to maximize energy efficiency. Bancroft’s original oak flooring was restored wherever possible.

Bancroft School 3

Interior of an apartment before renovation

Bancroft School 2

A two bedroom apartment after renovation

Shaw Industries has been a partner with Make It Right since its beginning and continues to help communities in need. 40,000 square feet of flooring was donated to the Bancroft School Apartments to help make this project possible. “[Shaw] helped bring this project back to life and we are grateful for their critical role in this building,” said Tom Darden, executive director for Make It Right.


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