November 19, 2008

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.: Celebrating E-Fest

Last weekend marked the fourth annual E-fest, a Sarasota celebration of conscious living. Josh Wynne Construction invited Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. to join in their display at the festival as part of his team. Kangaroo teamed up with Gilkey designer Jason Riley to coordinate a promotional display that helped Wynne receive accolades for having one of the nicest booths at the festival.

Reflecting upon the principles of sustainability, the team designed table tents including individual packets of Coreopsis leavenworthii, or Tickseed, the Florida State Wildflower. One side demonstrated how to grow the flowers (with a conceptual emphasis on their continuing cycle), and the other answered the question: Why hire a landscape architect for your sustainable design? Landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. added native materials he used at the recently completed Codding Cottage to the display, including the innovative Coconut Mulch, native plants such as Duranta erecta and Muhlenbergia capillaris, and clay brick.

The principles of concsious design were realized beautfully at the Codding Cottage, the first Platinum Level One LEED Certified Home in our community. Gilkey used harvested rainwater in the irrigation system, native plants and recycled materials, and appropriate design to ensure sustainability. Riley incorporated this philosophy beautifully in the e-fest display. Please join Josh Wynne Construction and Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. at the Junior League Holiday Tour of Homes, December 5th and 6th, for an exclusive look at the most energy efficient home in Florida, located right here in the historic Laurel Park district.