From architecture to agriculture to wildlife preservation, these Valley residents are proving that caring for the environment can be a part of our everyday lives.

David Hovey Jr.

President, chief operating officer and principal architect, Optima
David Hovey Jr.’s passion for sustainability runs in the family. “My parents started doing green roofs back in the 1980s,” the architect says, referring to Eileen and David Hovey Sr., who founded Optima in 1978. Hovey, who joined the firm right after earning his masters degree in architecture, says sustainability is a driving force at Optima. “It’s a design approach that keeps the people and the environment at the forefront,” he says. The company’s latest project, Scottsdale’s Optima McDowell Mountain Village, will be the first residential development in the Southwest to be built under the International Green Construction and International Energy Conservation codes, and will have the nation’s largest private rainwater harvesting system. And, in keeping with the firm’s mission, it will make heavy use of biophilic design. “Biophilic is a trendy term right now, but it’s simply about connection to nature,” Hovey says. “So, green roofs, floor-to-ceiling glass, terraces, our signature vertical landscaping—those are all biophilic design.”

A modular prefabricated—meaning manufactured in an off-site factory—home by architects David Hovey Jr., AIA, and David Hovey Sr., FAIA, rests lightly on the land. With limited onsite construction, it was possible to maintain more than 90% of the boulders and vegetation. The system used to build this dwelling is sustainable up to the LEED Platinum level and can be built quickly and efficiently in any location, climate or terrain.


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