A place of reflection requires space and thoughtful design, which is why establishing community green space is of such importance to our plan. The space surrounding our structures will be expertly landscaped, with walking and biking paths, and picnic areas. The green space will surround the Pritzker Military Archives Center and Cold War Veterans Memorial and includes 7,440 linear feet of walking paths. All will be publicly accessible during business hours.
The community space will adhere to best practices in conservation, preserving as much green space as possible by using less than 7% of the entire site for the buildings. Our project will use energy efficient practices including solar panels and rainwater collection/re-use in the facilities. The wetlands will also remain undisturbed.
Making a positive environmental impact has been a leading principle as the project advances. As the Village will need to remove trees from our site for water and sewer infrastructure installation, our organization aims to salvage and repurpose as many trees as possible. We will also be planting new trees, shrubs, and perennials as part of the landscaping and community green space on the total site.
The Pritzker Military Archives Center, currently under construction at the Pritzker Military Archives Center & Memorial Park Center in Somers, Wisconsin, began installation of a 455.2 kW solar array on its campus. The power generated by the solar array will offset the Archives Center’s electricity consumption, reducing reliance on the electric grid and ensuring that sensitive and historic materials in this state-of-the art, institutional archival facility will be stored properly and securely. The solar array at the Pritzker Archives Center will be operational in November of 2022.
As part of our green space initiatives, when the need arises to remove certain trees for site installations, we are committed to planting a new tree for each removed and repurposing trees whenever possible. On July 21, the PAMPC gifted a local resident 12 trees, and another 8 trees on August 16, from the construction site. These trees were transferred to the resident’s home for their personal use, in hopes that the trees will continue to grow in the Village of Somers.