Sewanee Emeritus Features Sherwood Road Development Talk


The Sewanee Emeritus Association will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in the Torian Room of the library. Everyone is invited to come for the program and stay for refreshments following.
This month the speakers are Mickey Suarez and Michael Coffey. They are the brains and brawn behind the Sherwood Road Development, a housing project in conjunction with Housing Sewanee Inc.
Mickey attended the University of Southern Mississippi and majored in math and physics. He worked in aerospace in Huntsville, at the Johnson Space Center, and the Goddard Space Flight Center. Before retiring to Sewanee in 2007, he founded his own company, Data Signal, Inc., which manufactures instruments used in monitoring large rotating equipment.
Michael, also a math and physics major, was in the Sewanee class of 1972 and is a visiting professor at the University. He has a D. Phil in atmospheric physics, has worked in atmospheric research, was a program manager with NASA, and was a visiting fellow at Keble College, Oxford.
Both of these community-minded men realized there is a need in the Sewanee area for low-income family homes. They worked with Housing Sewanee Inc., on many projects and foresaw that new houses should conserve as much energy as possible. The result is a Housing Sewanee project where the first energy-saving house is nearing completion, built with volunteer labor. It includes novel framing techniques and ultra-efficient insulation; a geothermal heating and cooling system; alternative water supplies and other energy efficient techniques. The selected family will be moving in this summer. Up to eight other houses will eventually be built in the same area, using the same techniques. And in order to explain and promote these energy-saving features, a demonstration building will soon be built.
Come share the enthusiasm of the Suarez/Coffey team. A question and answer session will follow this timely presentation.