Sustainable Construction Team Takes to the Air Waves

August 18, 2009

Staff members of Melaver Construction and Catamount Constructors teamed up on Saturday, August 15th to turn the air waves “green” on Savannah radio station WTKS.  The group talked about new building technologies, what it means to be sustainable and how a contractor carries out the ideals of a developer.  Catamount and Melaver teamed up to construct Abercorn Common – the Nation’s first LEED shopping center and are currently working on Sustainable Fellwood on West Bay Street.

Melaver Construction and Catamount Constructors Team up for Green Education

On the Air from (L-R) George Lewis with WTKS, Randy Peacock – Melaver Construction, Pam Parker – Catamount, Shaun Vermilyea – Catamount, and Michael Frey with Melaver Sustainability Consulting.


Get Discounts at Abercorn Common Restaurants

July 15, 2009
Savannah Menu
Savannah Menu  has partnered with Loco’s Grill & Pub and Firehouse Subs.  VIP discount cards are available on the Savannah menu website  – with many options to choose from for restaurants throughout Savannah.

Is it LEEDs or just LEED?

June 19, 2009

Abercorn Common is a LEED certified shopping center in Savannah, Georgia and LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  Many people add an ‘s’ by saying LEEDs.  But did you know that LEEDs is a borough in the U.K. and it’s also the name of a college in Colorado?  I always think of that when I walk by the back of this building in a lane near a parking lot in downtown Savannah – apparently the store used to be named LEEDs.
The Old LEEDs store in Savannah GA

Abercorn Common highlight of Career Day in Richmond Hill

May 22, 2009

The Abercorn Common Shopping Center in Savannah was the highlight of the Melaver, Inc. table at Richmond Hill Middle School’s career day.

Karen Hudspeth with Melaver demonstrates green products to students

Karen Hudspeth with Melaver demonstrates green products to students

Richmond Hill Middle School Career Day Melaver booth

Richmond Hill Middle School Career Day Melaver booth

Have you heard it floods when it rains in Savannah?

April 20, 2009

We’ve got it covered at Abercorn Common.  Thanks to bio swales at the front of the shopping center, known as Shops 600, which surround the parking lot – draining through filters and check dams to keep as much stormwater out of the system as possible. The lot was also elevated, has porous paving and the green roof helps absorb a lot of that rainwater as well.  All these efforts helped to make it a LEED silver certified building. Take a look at our case study here.

Best of Savannah – Vote for us

April 9, 2009

Best of Savannah
Best of Savannah

The Best of Savannah sponsored by Connect Savannah
We’re not shy – vote for us!

*Best green building – Abercorn Common
*Best Greenspace – how about Forsyth Park?
*Best Green/Sustainability Company – We have a few ideas

*Best Shopping Center/Mall – Abercorn Common

Here’s how to vote:
1. Go to: and click on the Best of Savannah located in the middle left portion of the homepage.
2. You can fill out the entire ballot, or if you choose to nominate a few you must fill out a minimum of 25 categories for your ballot to be counted.

LEEDing without a Complete Purpose – This will make you Think

March 31, 2009

LEED buildings are great when everything around them is taken into consideration and the intended use is brought into view of all the LEED criteria.  Take a look at 10 of the world’s ten most laughable green buildings:

Abercorn Backdrop for a Photo Shoot

March 25, 2009

skirt-logoHave you seen the March Skirt Magazine?  Savannah Menu has a great advertisement with a model right at the Abercorn Common fountain.   What a great backdrop!

A Sustainable Green Shopping Destination in Savannah

March 13, 2009

Cistern behind Abercorn Shopping Center Savannah GA

Cistern behind Abercorn Shopping Center Savannah GA

The Nation’s First LEED Retail shopping center didn’t just happen – it took a team of professionals, like the 

Melaver Construction Management team and compliance with all the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design through the U.S. Green Building Council:

Did you know  there is an on site cistern which harvests rainwater from the rooftop for irrigation?   The Cistern harvests rainwater from rooftops in the main center,  5 million gallons annually, and this received a point for stormwater management. 

Panera Bread at Abercorn highlighted in Chain Leader Magazine

March 2, 2009

The companies that are still making profits and growing are finding ways to implement green initiatives. Follow their examples. Highlights:  Panera Bread has added antibiotic-free chicken and some organic ingredients, including yogurt and apple juice, and operates a unit in Abercorn Common, a LEED-certified shopping center in Savannah, Ga.
Read all here: