|The old Federal Courthouse in Tampa. Soon to be|
a boutique hotel. Click for photo credit.
Several years ago, the old Federal Courthouse in Tampa was abandoned as the feds took over a new modern glass building in the city. What do do with the old one? It stood in the midst of some of the best real estate in Tampa. Its inefficient air conditioning system and expansive tall rooms made it very expensive for the city to maintain. No one wanted it. There were mold problems and the space was just not modern by Tampa standards. Some advocated tearing it down to make way for new high rises and others wanted more parking.
At the end of the day, historic preservationists won and the building will soon be opening as a boutique hotel. Read about it here.
The greenest building is the one you don't build.