Collage-Built Project Named USGBC Sustainable Initiative of the Year

The USGBC (US Green Building Council) is committed to transforming how buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED, the world’s most widely used green building system with more than 100,000 buildings participating today. Their vision is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. USGBC Florida announced  the recipients of the 2022 Central Florida Leadership Awards at a celebration in Orlando in late January. They named Climate First Bank Winter Park – Sustainable Initiative of the Year in recognition of work that deepens or scales sustainability in a new or unique way.  These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in high-performance, healthy design and building, environmental stewardship, and community impact. They also serve to highlight the green initiatives and impact of Central Florida projects, partners and members.  The January award  celebration was covered by local Orlando news on WFTV.

Climate First Bank Grand Opening Event

Collage recently completed the construction of Climate First Bank’s new Winter Park location. Among the structure’s many environmentally forward elements, the project features a massive and semi-translucent vertical solar facade system that clads the entire south side of the building. This may be one of  if not the largest implementation of a vertical solar array of it’s kind anywhere in the state. In February, The Collage Companies celebrated with Climate First Bank at the Grand Opening of their new Winter Park branch. Shown above is Ken LaRoe Founder and CEO of Climate First Bank addressing the crowd. In attendance Jesse Walsh (Collage, Director) and Brian Walsh (Collage, CEO and Founder).  The Collage Companies is proud of our ongoing partnership with Climate First Bank and is currently under construction of their next branch in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Green Building
Collage is a longtime member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has constructed numerous projects that have achieved certification through LEED™.  We share USGBC’s commitment to transforming how buildings are designed, constructed and operated to create a more sustainable world.  We have corporate and individual experience with achieving the highest levels of green building project certifications.
Design Build

Design-build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion. Integrated Services are at the core of The Collage Companies’ performance. At the Collage Companies we provide fully integrated construction services. We’ve mastered the blend of speed and control; which is why performance- minded companies and people are attracted to us. Instinctively, with clients, architects, contractors, and employees the more they know about performance and skill, the more they want to know about us.


Design Build Partners – Climate First Bank Winter Park

Kleinsteuber Morgan & Freunde – Architects (

REAL Building Consultants – Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta – LEED Consulting and Sustainability Planners

Optimus Energy Solutions

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