The construction company with its own green headquarters is helping clients achieve the same. White-Spunner Construction is nearing completion on Phase I of The Muses, an innovative urban residential development in Historic Central City New Orleans, LA. Boasting 211 apartment units in two, four-story buildings, The Muses will offer residents style, convenience and the opportunity to live green through its LEED-Silver designationthe first property of its kind to earn this bold designation in the state of Louisiana. The Muses is truly a model for environmental living, explains Scott Rowe, Project Manager for White-Spunner Construction. Whole-building energy optimization and efficient appliances mean residents will save money on utility bills. And our use of low- and no-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives will mean improved indoor air quality, he continues. The Muses will meet LEED standards by incorporating the following amenities/features: Infill development with existing infrastructure on previously developed land near public transit Compact density and reduced parking with permeable paving Whole-building energy optimization and efficient appliances Low- and no-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives Direct outside venting of kitchens and bathrooms, highest-rated air filters But as The Muses proves, living green doesnt mean living without. Residents will enjoy every modern convenience, including an on-site fitness center, two community rooms, private parking, two playgrounds, two grilling areas and wireless Internet access throughout. Replacing 4.8 acres of vacant land with new construction, The Muses will be built in two phases. Phase I will be completed by September 2010 at a cost of $25.7 million. At build-out, The Muses will consist of 263 apartments, 28 condominiums and 4,000-square feet of commercial space. White-Spunner Construction has a proven commitment to environmentally-friendly construction. They have assisted our designers with innovative solutions throughout the project to ensure The Muses earns its LEED designation. We couldnt be more pleased, says Kathy Laborde, President Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Owner/Developer.