Sustainability Stories: Goodman

An old building gets new life

See how a timeworn building was transformed into a welcoming home for our community, powered by green energy.

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  1. Carol Jean Krause said:

    Wonderful and interesting video. Bob and Irv Goodman have done such good here in City of Madison. Haven’t been in the Goodman Center yet, but hope to get there sometime.

    at 2:09 pm on March 3, 2016
  2. Ross DePaola said:

    It goes to show that renovating an old building that wasn’t designed to be energy efficient takes great care. Metal and stone are great conductors of heat so it’s important to seal these as “leaks.”
    It also goes to show that electronic controls that are tailored to occupancy can save a great amount of energy and money and should be an integral part of any renovation!
    Bravo to those who had the foresight to plan and implement this project. It’s a wonderful neighborhood resource and uniquely “Madison!”

    at 2:29 pm on March 3, 2016
  3. Sierra Messenger said:

    Efficiency is a lot of work. Good for them for taking initiative!

    at 2:39 pm on March 3, 2016
  4. Cam Hubanks said:

    Thank you for this informative program on the Goodman center. I have biked past many times and was always impressed from the outside, but the facility is really an excellent example of what can be done instead of just replacing older buildings. Good job also to MG&E on helping to improve their energy profile.

    at 3:45 pm on March 3, 2016
  5. Joe Holliman said:

    This is a heart-warming story about how an energy company can partner with the community to recycle a building and use energy resources efficiently and effectively to restore a community. Three Cheers for the Goodman Community Center and MG&E.

    Joe Holliman
    Energy Economist

    at 3:57 pm on March 3, 2016
  6. Audrey Lucier said:

    I am very thankful for Goodman’s Center care to be energy efficient. I would like all businesses to do an analysis on their own and implement strategies like these for the good of mankind.(Goodman)

    at 4:14 pm on March 3, 2016
  7. Tammy Downing said:

    I love the Goodman Community Center. It is a welcoming space for everyone.

    at 5:23 pm on March 3, 2016
  8. Catherine Willette said:

    ALWAYS good to save old buildings and repurpose them. GREAT job!!

    at 1:38 am on March 4, 2016
  9. Stacy Gilliom said:

    The Goodman Center stands out as an example of how to do things right. It started with the decision to repurpose a beautiful old building and continues with energy conservation efforts. When it came time to plan my wedding reception, there was no more obvious choice when choosing a place I feel good about supporting. The Goodman center isn’t just making solid decisions for the community for now, but also for the future.

    at 6:19 am on March 4, 2016
  10. Elizabeth Kaiser said:

    The Goodman Community Center is a great opportunity for energy savings, and their usage of the space proves the success this building’s purpose in Madison, WI. I am intrigued by the level of sustainability the center has provided, and have been involved with various fundraising efforts throughout the years with this organization. So proud of what has been accomplished and what is to come in the future!

    at 7:17 am on March 4, 2016
  11. Marcy said:

    Congratulations to the Goodman’s and the Center’s board for their vision and the wonderful services provided, and to MG&E for their expertise to make the Center environmentally comfortable and energy efficient!

    at 12:18 pm on March 4, 2016
  12. Shel said:

    Thanks to MG&E for helping out with the energy usage for the Goodman Center. What great cooperation with an important part of our community.

    at 1:48 pm on March 4, 2016
  13. Jackie C said:

    Glad to hear they could get their energy usage down thru looking at how they use the bldg and what is really needed. The gym was an excellent example. More folks should do this at work and home. Bravo!

    at 9:38 am on March 5, 2016
  14. Jonathan Rossall said:

    I think most people don’t realize the huge impact of repurposing an old building VS building a new one. Every piece of the old building that is reused is one less piece going to a landfill or one less item that needs to be extracted from our earth’s limited natural resources. The aesthetics of a repurposed building like to Goodman Center are very unique and act like icing on the conservation cake. When I walk through the Goodman Center I experience the harmonious fusion of past and present which makes me feel optimistic about the future. If it can be done in a building surely it can be done in our community as well.

    at 12:32 pm on March 5, 2016
  15. Richard Steinle said:

    It is so cool to see the building that once used by my family’s business back in the early 1900’s, the Steinle Turret Lathe Co. I have been in the building many times. It’s wonderful that it was refurbished rather torn down and made into a energy efficient building and used by so many.

    at 9:05 pm on March 7, 2016
  16. Sara Ben-Ami said:

    I have catered several events at the GCC and always impressed at the wide array of programming going on, in addition to enjoying such a pleasant space. I was impressed by the work that has gone into making this such a vibrant center for Madison residents: great video!

    at 5:32 pm on March 9, 2016
  17. TeeZee said:

    This video does a great job of showing the transformation process of turning a Madison landmark into a rejuvinated facility that continues to serve the needs of our community in a purposeful way.

    at 4:59 pm on March 15, 2016
  18. Karen Matteoni said:

    Thanks for the heart-warming video. This was an excellent way to show how MGE works with the community.

    You go, Jessie!

    at 12:34 pm on September 10, 2016

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