Contest gives architects and developers a chance to win video shoot

James HardieThe new Hardie Design Contest is giving architects and project developers and  owners a chance to win a custom video shoot profiling their best commercial and multifamily projects featuring James Hardie fiber cement siding, like the Hardie® Reveal® Panel System and Artisan® Lap Siding.

The official rules are online, but here is a quick summary:

  • Architectural firms and project developers and owners can submit photos of their U.S.-based commercial or multifamily project featuring James Hardie products online between June 20 and August 20.
  • The photo contest will have two winners – one for traditional and one for modern design – with both receiving a complimentary video shoot profiling their project.
  • Winners can post their video on their firm’s website, use it in presentations, or reference it in marketing materials for business promotion and branding purposes.

The winners will be announced at the Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-11, 2013.

Moseley Architects presented James River Green Building Council Leadership Award

Moseley ArchitectsMoseley Architects accepted the James River Green Building Council’s “Green Building Leadership Award” for the renovation to the administration/activities building at the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) in Richmond, Virginia. Annually held, JRGBC Green Leadership Awards foster the encouragement and development of green building in Virginia. The project, which featured a 22,400-square-foot renovation and two small additions totaling 1,320 square feet, was recognized in the category of Adaptive Reuse.

The VRCBVI, operated by the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), was established in 1970 to provide comprehensive adjustment services to severely visually impaired Virginians. The center teaches blind persons strategies and skills to adapt to living without sight, and teaches people with partial blindness ways to use their remaining sight more effectively.

In accordance with Commonwealth of Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Performance Standards, sustainable features were incorporated into the building design and construction. The installation of translucent skylights and glare control treatments created open, bright space while electric vehicle charging stations were added to promote the use of low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. The roof was replaced with a standing seam metal system coated with a highly solar reflective paint that reduces heat gain to the building caused by the heat island effect.

New low-flux bathroom plumbing fixtures were installed that are estimated to save the facility 34,000 gallons of water per year. All HVAC equipment, ductwork, and associated controls were removed and replaced with a new variable air volume (VAV) system with energy recovery technology. Carefully designed metering will allow for long-term energy use measurement and verification. Indoor air quality was protected by using low-emitting building materials and furnishings, separating and ventilating chemical storage areas, providing entryway mat systems to reduce dirt tracked into the building, specifying high-efficiency HVAC filtration, and the Owner worked to prepare and implement a green housekeeping plan.

As a result of these efforts, the project exceeded its goals and achieved LEED certification at the Gold level. The renovated building is now an attractive, efficient, sustainable, yet highly functional building well-suited for its very unique population.

“Enlightening Libraries” Award Winners Selected

AIASThe American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company, Inc. recently announced the winners of their national student design competition, “Enlightening Libraries.” Laura Boykin, a graduate student from Clemson University, under the advisement of Ufuk Ersoy, was awarded first place and $3,000 for her design, “Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendleton, SC.”

The competition, sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the AIAS, challenged students to investigate and design a public library while learning about building materials and sustainable design techniques. During the competition, participants were required to modernize a dated public library using Kawneer products.

The competition jury included four architectural professionals: Mark Baker, AIA, NCARB, Principal, Lantz-Boggio Architects, P.C.; E.J. Meade, AIA, Design Principal, Arch11; Andrew G. Nielsen, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Principal, AndersonMasonDale Architects; and Melanie Hennigan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Grimm+Parker. Jurors evaluated several hundred submissions for their ingenuity and originality as well as design clarity, appropriate use of materials and the ability to create an aesthetic that complements the community and environment.

Winning submissions included:

First Place ($3000): Laura Boykin, Clemson University, “Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendleton, South Carolina”
Boykin’s library design proposed a transparent, cutting-edge media center developed to embrace its role as a “repository of knowledge linking past, present and future.” Set in Pendleton, South Carolina, the new library reconfigures the existing program to a “transformative media ribbon” and a “day to night social hub” for the community. For increased efficiency and daylighting, the design incorporates Kawneer’s 1600 UT™ (Ultra Thermal) Curtain Wall System and Versoleil™ SunShades as well as AA®425 Thermal Entrances. One juror commented, “Excellent, thorough thinking of space and tectonics.”

Second Place ($1500): Nick Schwaller, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, “Enlightening Los Osos”Of “Enlightening Los Osos,” one juror said, “Good form and energy of this design. It could very well be adapted to the future.” This student selected Los Osos, California for the site of his design. The library, designed to embrace the environment and maximize views of its natural surroundings, features Kawneer’s 1600 UT™ (Ultra Thermal) Curtain Wall System as well as the AA®3350 IsoPort™ Windows, AA®250 Thermal Entrances and AA®3200 ISOWEB® Sliding Doors, amongst others.

Third Place ($750): Sam Pruitt, Clemson University, “Hyperlocal”
Situated in Pendleton, South Carolina, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, “Hyperlocal” is designed to serve the town as a library and a community center. The project capitalizes on the site’s natural assets and physical environment. Using windows, curtain wall and sunshades from Kawneer, Hyperlocal addresses the specific needs of the town by creating a light atmosphere that unites learning and community. “The design was elegantly massed and sited with a wonderful use of daylighting,” said one juror.

Honorable mentions ($500) were awarded to: Maria Mercedes Serrano Monroig, Universidad de Puerto Rico, “Carnegie Library;” Kyle Perry, Alfred State University, “The Aperture Public Library;” and Amanda Gann, University of Tennessee Knoxville, “ACTiVATED ARCHiVE.”

Winning entries can be viewed online and will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS. In addition, they will be displayed at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, CO, June 20-22, 2013 and at AIAS FORUM convention in Chicago, IL, December 29, 2013-January 1, 2014.

Asphalt roofing awards program honors projects that are beautiful, affordable, and reliable

Ashphalt Roofing Mfrs. Assn.The winners of this year’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards Program include a building that houses a federal agency that monitors marine life and climate, an insurance company that wanted to add a vegetated roof and an upscale home in a bucolic residential community prone to frequent rainfall.

Sponsored by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), the QARC awards recognize architects, contractors and specifiers who use asphaltic roofing materials on low-slope and steep-slope building projects. The competition drew a mix of residential and commercial roofing projects from all over the United States.

The 2013 award recipients include:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Building, La Jolla, CA
Company: Protech Roofing Service
This building’s built-Up roofing system provides redundancy and long-term performance, accommodates more than 800 stand-up solar panels, and meets stringent requirements dictated by CA Title 24.

Mill Creek Community Association (MCCA) Residence, Mill Creek, WA
Company: Chris Howard Roofing, LLC
The heavy weight asphalt shingle used for this home offers a long life expectancy and requires little to no maintenance.

American Life & Insurance Company, Louisville, KY
Company: American Roofing & Metal Co., Inc. (AR&M)
An SBS-modified roof provides the building’s vegetative system a watertight, durable and long-lasting option.

ARMA awarded the companies $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively, and will feature these roofing projects on the QARC website. For more information on the winners and the QARC awards program, visit the QARC website.

ARMA is now accepting submissions for the 2014 awards campaign. For more information about the QARC program or if you would like to submit a project, please visit

Award Honors Recycling Ingenuity

excellence-eps-recycling-awardThe EPS Industry Alliance has created a new annual award to recognize advancements in expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling. The Excellence in EPS Recycling Award will be presented in Cincinnati this March at EPS EXPO, the EPS industry’s annual conference. The award has already received a friendly welcome from the recycling community. Matthew McKenna, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Nina Goodrich, Executive Director of GreenBlue, Lisa Pierce, Executive Editor of Packaging Digest, and Patty Moore, President and CEO of Moore Recycling Associates have all agreed to be judges for the award.

For many years EPS recycling has been making strides in reach and effectiveness. Programs run by companies such as Walmart and Omaha Steaks, which have been extremely successful in collecting EPS to produce new products and raise awareness of EPS recycling, are prime examples of what can be accomplished with innovative ideas and collaborative partnership. Their efforts and those of companies and organizations like them have helped clarify the public perception of EPS from an environmental liability to a reusable and recyclable material with a variety of end-use markets.

EPS recycling has been steadily increasing for the last twenty years. In 2010, over 71 million pounds of EPS was recycled for a recycling rate of 28% of all EPS produced, which is the highest recycling rate among all plastics.  This award seeks to honor the creativity and drive of those that make this level of EPS recycling possible.

EPS recycling covers a broad spectrum with many exciting new developments every year. In order to properly recognize these achievements the Excellence in EPS Recycling Award will be presented to a winner from one of three categories: special programs and initiatives, recycling advancements, and technology innovations. Each category will have specific evaluation criteria that will be weighted to equalize submissions from big and small companies or organizations allowing them to compete on a level playing field.

Interested parties can make submissions for the Excellence in EPS Recycling Award through an entirely on-line application form For any questions please contact Diana Gentilcore at 800-607-3772 or

2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards recognize excellence in architecture, interiors, and urban design

Washington, D.C. – January 14, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2013 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 700 total submissions, 28 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

You can see images, jury comments and additional credit information by clicking on the titles of the projects.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture
The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta FAIA, Jury Chair, Hartman-Cox Architects; Brian Fitzsimmons, AIA, Fitzsimmons Architects; John Kane, FAIA, Architekton; William Leddy, FAIA, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Philip Loheed, AIA, BTA Architects, Inc.; Robert Maschke, AIA, robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc.; Douglas L. Milburn Assoc. AIA, Isaksen Glerum Wachter LLC and Becky Joyce Yannes, AIAS Representative, Drexel University. 

Art Stable

Built on the site of a former stable, the simple, low-to-no-maintenance design of the Art Stable draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood.

Art Stable; Seattle
Olson Kundig Architects

Art Stable is a seven-story mixed-use, urban infill project in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.  

The Barnes Foundation; Philadelphia
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The new museum replicates the galleries in the old Paul Cret designed facility but provides visitors with a light-filled, contemplative space.

Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park; Beacon, New York
Architecture Research Office (ARO)

This project for the Scenic Hudson Land Trust is a boat pavilion in a new park on the Hudson River. 

Centra Metropark; Iselin, New Jersey
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Developed by The Hampshire Companies, CENTRA re-imagines an obsolete dated existing structure into a state-of-the-art office experience. 

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture; Clemson, South Carolina
Thomas Phifer and Partners

The 55,000-square-foot addition to the Lee Hall College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University is an ultra-energy efficient building.

Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility; Goshen, Kentucky
De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

The project consolidates dispersed operations facilities for a 2,000-acre farm into a single centralized complex and is rooted in the simplicity of regional farm structures and local building traditions.

Milstein Hall, Cornell University; Ithaca, New York

Milstein Hall is the first new building in over 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. 

Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges; New Haven, Connecticut

Designed by Eero Saarinen, the Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges are part of Yale’s system of residential colleges.

The New York Public Library – Exterior Restoration; New York City
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

The New York Public Library is considered one of the most important works of the firm of Carrère and Hastings.

Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church; Springdale, Arkansas
Marlon Blackwell Architect

This project is the result of a transformation of an existing metal shop building into a sanctuary and fellowship hall in anticipation of a larger adjacent sanctuary on the same site. 

Vancouver Convention Centre West; Vancouver, Canada
LMN Architects + MCM/DA

The new Vancouver Convention Centre West is certified LEED® Canada Platinum and integrates the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. 

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture
The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Andrew Wells, FAIA, Jury Chair, Dake Wells Architecture; Susan H. Jones, FAIA, Atelierjones, LLC; Carlos M. Martinez, AIA , Gensler; Ronald J. McCoy, FAIA, Princeton University and Catherine M. Truman, AIA, Ann Beha Architects.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Abbey Church Pavilion–Modifications to Marcel Breuer’s 1961 St.John’s Abbey Church Project; Collegeville, Minnesota

The original Abbey Church complex by Marcel Breuer (1961) was modified to include a new Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a two-level lobby addition (9,200-square-foot) and the renovation of the existing Chapter House.

BNIM Iowa; Des Moines

Located in a former bank lobby on the southeast corner of an active street intersection, the space includes full-height glazing to the north and west, building lobby to the south, and a new demising wall to the east.

Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room and World Headquarters; Walla Walla, Washington
Olson Kundig Architects

Inspired by the client’s rock-and-roll style, the space is capable of transforming from office and retail to dining and entertainment.

Chicago Apartment; Chicago

The new 5,500-square-foot apartment is located in a new high-rise in the Midwest. The main social spaces are lined by warm wood surfaces conceptually set within larger, brightly lit and open circulation areas.

Doc Magic; Torrance, California

For a technology company that deals in highly sensitive information transmitted over the internet, RA-DA’s unique play of light and careful sculpting of passageways contrasting open work areas succeeded in creating a powerful physical presence to reflect the company’s strong virtual presence.

Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquarters; Baton Rouge

This adaptive re-use of a 1970’s era data center transforms what most considered a ‘throw away’ building into an unexpected and exciting corporate headquarters for a billboard advertising company. 

McAllen Main Library; McAllen, Texas
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. (MS&R)

In need of a new library and understanding that the greenest building is one that already exists, the City of McAllen, Texas, decided to convert an abandoned Walmart big box store into its new main library.

PACCAR Hall (interior), Foster School of Business, University of Washington; Seattle
LMN Architects

The design responds to the business school program’s strong emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships. 

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity; Kansas City, Missouri

Relocating the Kansas City Ballet (KCB) involved preservation and adaptive reuse of the 52,000-square-foot historic Power House at Kansas City’s Union Station, a former coal-burning plant completed in 1914.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design includes: Mark Shapiro, AIA, Jury Chair, Mithun, Inc.; Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Georgia Institute of Technology; William A. Gilchrist, FAIA, Place Based Planning; Toni L. Griffin, AIA, The City College of New York and Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.

Burnham Place at Union Station Master Plan; Washington, D.C.
Shalom Baranes Associates, PC HOK

Placing 3 million square feet of new mixed-use construction above the active rail yard behind Washington, DC’s historic Union Station, Burnham Place stands as a model of innovative and sustainable urban development.

Coal Harbour Convention District; Vancouver, Canada
LMN Architects + MCM/DA

This CAN$883 million civic district succeeds by connecting Vancouver’s expanded convention center with the public realm, acting as the city’s “front porch to the world.” 

The Great Lakes Century – a 100-year Vision; Great Lakes Region, United States
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

The Great Lakes Century is a pro-bono initiative of SOM’s City Design Practice to promote a comprehensive 100-year vision for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. 

Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan; Nanhu District, Jiaxing, China
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Nanhu Country Village addresses agricultural goals and environmental problems through the introduction of modern farming technologies and sustainable design practices. 

National September 11 Memorial; New York City
Handel Architects

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York is a verdant and vibrant urban plaza that marks the site of the former Twin Towers with emptiness. 

Parkmerced Vision Plan; San Francisco
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The Parkmerced Vision Plan is a pioneering neighborhood revitalization program that holistically integrates best principles of environmental sustainability and neighborhood livability. 

Rock Street Pocket Housing (RSPH); Little Rock, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

RSPH is an affordable housing project that serves as a catalyst for redevelopment of Little Rock’s struggling Pettaway neighborhood. 

Superkilen; Copenhagen, Denmark
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

At almost a mile long, this urban park is positioned through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark.

Entries now being accepted for student architectural design competition

Kingspan Insulated PanelsKingspan Insulated Panels North America is now accepting entries for its Generation Kingspan Architectural Student Contest.

The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed to be a possible Kingspan corporate office building using Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and reflecting its sustainable corporate philosophy.

The entry submissions and online design community voting phase of the competition starts today. Competitors who submit their entry early stand the best chance at gaining the most online design community votes.

The competition merges the benefits of a juried expert panel review with the wisdom of the crowd — with one winner determined by the judging panel and another winner determined by voting on the Generation Kingspan on-line design community. Both winners will receive an internship at an architecture firm, a $5,000 scholarship and a $1,000 cash prize.

The Generation Kingspan competition will culminate with a Grand Prize winner selection in November at the Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Exposition in San Francisco. The top designs will compete for exhibit floor votes to determine the grand prize winner, who will be awarded an additional $5,000 toward their scholarship and a high spec laptop with a design software package valued at $5,000.

All submissions will be reviewed first by online voters visiting and participating on the contest website. Online reviewers will have the ability to assign badges to designs based on the three key elements of the design competition: 1. Design/Vision, 2. Sustainability, and 3. Energy Efficiency. In addition, commenting capabilities will enable students, expert voters and entrants to discuss the designs for crowd-sourced learning opportunities. The online community winner will be based on the design that accumulates the most badges.

Complementing the above, the competition also supports a winner, reviewed by an expert jury. The 2012 jury includes:

  • Kingspan Insulated PanelsAP, Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University

Submissions for Generation Kingspan must be received by October 31, 2012. To learn more about the competition, register online and download materials, visit

Sustainable practices award recognizes commercial architecture and design firms

ZeftronZeftron nylon, a premium nylon 6 fiber brand for the commercial marketplace, today announced the launch of its fourth annual Sustainable Practices Award. The award seeks to recognize innovative projects in the architect and design community that are helping create a more sustainable environment.

Professionals interested in submitting an entry can do so starting today and through Sept. 30, 2012, by visiting A Grand Prize winner and a Runner Up winner will be selected from the entries received. The Grand Prize winning firm will have a $1,000 check in its name made payable to a sustainable organization or charity of its choosing. The Runner Up firm will have a $500 check in its name made payable to the sustainable organization of its choice. Both firms and their winning projects will be promoted by Zeftron nylon through a variety of activities.

How to Enter:
Submissions can be made directly online. Entries will be accepted from July 23, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2012. There is no cost to enter. Submissions are judged on originality, sustainable commitment and innovation.

The Sustainable Practices Award is open to all commercial architect and design firms in the continental United States. Projects must have been completed within the past 18 months. Projects submitted for this award do not need to include carpet made with Zeftron nylon.

The Grand Prize winning firm and the Runner Up winning firm and their respective projects will be promoted via various publicity activities, including trade media and social media engagement. The winning firms and their projects will also be showcased on the Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award website.

SOURCE Awards Winners Announced

Cooper LIghtingCooper Lighting has announced the winners of the 35th Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition. The winners were recognized at LIGHTFAIR International 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Five professional awards and six student awards were presented.

Top honors in the Professional Commercial Category went to Focus Lighting, Inc., New York, N.Y., and the design team of Paul Gregory, principal designer; Michael Cummings, principal lighting designer; Christine Hope, senior lighting designer; Scott Hay, lighting designer; and Dan Nichols, project manager for the lighting of The Chandelier lounge and bar located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In addition, Focus Lighting, Inc. was also honored with an Award of Recognition for the lighting of the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Los Angeles, Calif. The design team for that project included Paul Gregory, principal lighting designer; Juan Pablo Lira, senior lighting designer; Hilary Manners, lighting designer; and Kenneth Schutz, project manager.

In the Professional Residential Category, top honors went to Robert Singer, president, and Jason Diaz, lighting designer of Robert Singer and Associates, Inc., Basalt, Colo. for the lighting design of a townhome located in Vail, Colo.

Two Honorable Mention awards were presented, one in the Commercial Category and one in the Residential Category. Denver-based RLN and the design team of Rachel Petro Fitzgerald, lighting designer; AnneMarie Dienstbach, project manager; Marc Herndon, lead interior designer; Sarah McGarry, interior designer; and Kristian Barowsky, technical support assistant were honored for the lighting design of the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP located in Denver, Colo. In the Residential Category, Christopher M. Thompson, principal; James L. Sultan, senior lighting designer; and Kimberly D. Taylor, lighting designer of Seattle, Wash. based Studio Lux, LLC received an Honorable Mention award for their work on the Indian Wells Residence, an 11,030 square foot home located in Indian Wells, Calif.

In the Student Category, students in the design, architectural, lighting and engineering disciplines enter conceptual lighting design installations. Six awards were given: one Winner, two Honorable Mentions and three Awards of Recognition. The team of Francis D’Andrea, Derek Sommers and Austin Weller from the University of Cincinnati picked up the winning honor for their conceptual lighting design project of an upscale health spa titled Full Disclosure. Also from University of Cincinnati, Jennifer Sullivan was awarded an Honorable Mention award for her project of a retail cosmetics store called Orchard Beauty, Orchard Road. In addition, Ali Patterson from Ball State University was honored with an Honorable Mention Sustainable Design Award for her project of a Mountain Spirit Healthcare Facility.

An Award of Recognition honor was presented to the team of Nicolas Payan, Anna Pogorelova and Lawrence Rocha-Benavides from the University of Cincinnati for their COSMOS restaurant while Melina C. B. Pereira, from the University of Cincinnati also won for her Chicago Convention Center – Fulton Square Building Renovation lighting design. Kristin Millican from Mississippi College also received an Award of Recognition for her art gallery project titled A Site Gallery.

The University of Cincinnati students were under the direction of Brian Davies, associate professor at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Millican was under the direction of Mandy Berdami, assistant professor and program coordinator of interior design at Mississippi College and Patterson was under the direction of Thelma Lazo-Flores, PhD, assistant professor in interior design at Ball State University.

Professional winners Focus Lighting, Inc. and Robert Singer and Associates, Inc. received a $2,000 monetary award. Student winners D’Andrea, Sommers and Weller split a $1,500 award and Sullivan and Patterson were given $500 for their Honorable Mention awards. All winners were presented with a crystal trophy and offered an invitation to attend a complimentary class at the SOURCE, Cooper Lighting’s state-of-the-art education center located at the company’s headquarters in Peachtree City, Ga. The students’ instructors are also invited to attend a class. All winners received national and local publicity.

The annual competition, which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design, requires the primary and predominant use of Cooper Lighting products. Cooper Lighting has held this competition since 1977.

Entries are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and the degree in which the lighting met the project constraints and design concept goals.

AIA Selects 2012 Top Ten Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 16th year, celebrates projects that integrate architecture, natural systems and technology.  They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA

1315 Peachtree St. is a civic-focused adaptive reuse of a 1986 office structure transformed into a living laboratory and educational tool for sustainable design.

1315 Peachtree Street/Perkins+Will; Atlanta, GA
This project is a civic-focused adaptive reuse of a 1986 office structure transformed into a living laboratory and educational tool for sustainable design.  Rainwater from the roof and the 5th floor terrace is captured and stored in an underground cistern which is then filtered, treated with ultraviolet light, then pumped to all flush fixtures in the building. Solar studies and energy modeling informed design decisions regarding daylighting, glazing replacement, glazing materials and shading systems.  Pervious paving was replaced by permeable paving and landscaping to help recharge the region’s aquifer.

ASU Polytechnic Academic District; Mesa, AZ
RSP Architects and Lake Flato Architects
The design for the Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Distric transformed a decommissioned airbase into an inviting pedestrian campus that includes five high-performance LEED Gold rated buildings.  The design for the new campus creates a new identity that responds to its desert climate and context by using a dense network of linear buildings that maximizes shade and creates a vibrant pedestrian environment.  The building typology grew from the same objective by extroverting the circulation which also served to minimize the air-conditioned square footage and electricity for lighting.

Chandler City Hall; Chandler, AZ
This project is a low to mid-rise government complex that responds to the harsh desert climate and at the same time provides for appropriate outdoor spaces that introduced much needed green space.  The building takes a comprehensive approach to reducing potable water use by employing interior and exterior strategies.  Passive shading strategies along with a high performance glazing were utilized to knock out as much of the solar heat gain as possible.  This allowed mechanical systems to be appropriately sized and varied depending on building function.

Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate Office Building; Des Moines, IA
This project is an infill development on the 6-acre site of a former landfill. The project captures and infiltrates 100% of the stormwater from the average annual rainfall event and diverts stormwater from 6-acres of adjacent streets for on-site treatment. Thermal mass captures “free heating”, modulates temperatures and, thus, reduces loads. A year after opening, the project is performing at 68% energy savings beyond the energy code baseline (ASHRAE 90.1-2004). The geothermal well field uses the earth’s constant temperature to offset heating and cooling loads. High performance glass is tuned to the characteristics of each elevation’s exposures. Over 95% of the regularly occupied spaces in the building have daylight.

Mercy Corps Global Headquarters; Portland, OR
THA Architecture
This project is comprised of the restoration of a 42,000 square foot neglected historical landmark.  The project includes a 3,800 square foot green roof, which not only filters water and slows stormwater discharge but contributes to better air quality in this area of the downtown.  Potable water use was reduced by 40% by installing water saving plumbing fixtures such as low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets.  Landscape plants are xeriscaped to eliminate the need for irrigation water, resulting in a more than 50% reduction of potable water consumption for irrigation.  On-site paving is pervious to encourage direct ground infiltration during rainfall.

Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts; Philadelphia, PA
SMP Architects (in collaboration w/ SRK Architects)
The design team concentrated on making this project as transparent and inviting as possible.  Since completion truancy has dropped from 35% to 0%, tests scores have quadrupled and graduation has gone from 29% to 69% – in one year.  The faculty has embraced many of the visible sustainability features and used them as teaching tool for students.  A high percentage of recycled and rapidly renewable materials were incorporated into the project design and construction waste management achieved 82%.  The Design Team put special emphasis on orienting classrooms for optimal daylighting, reducing artificial lighting and HVAC loads.

Music and Science Building; Hood River, OR
Opsis Architecture
The goal of this project was to create a public building that truly fuses sustainable design with sustainability curriculum, and carefully integrate the facility into the existing National Historic Landmark site.  The project team worked closely with the school’s teachers to include and enhance building components that will be incorporated into the curriculum.  From the science classroom, the students have access to the heart of the building’s geothermal and water system, the pump room, labeled and metered specifically to be used for classroom demonstration and instruction.

Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center; Newberg, OR
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Designed to be the first net zero energy, higher education building in Oregon, this project supports PCC’s sustainable mission to reduce green house gas emissions by 80% by 2050.  Overall water use was reduced by 49.2% through the use of low-flow faucets and toilets.  A weather-based irrigation system controller, drip irrigation and high efficiency spray heads reduced irrigation water use by more than 50%.  Stretched out along the east-west axis, the design maximizes the north and south building exposures.  Taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s climate, the building incorporates natural ventilation and passive cooling articulated by the ventilation stacks that organize the circulation spine.

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building; Duluth, MN
Salmela Architect
Serving eight different departments, this project incorporated the German Passiv Haus system in the design process to meet all the performance goals set forth by the client. Educational and pedagogical innovations were paramount throughout the design, construction and operation of the building.  The vegetative roof provides additional habitat, the chives and flowering sedum attract butterflies and bees. It also keeps the building and surrounding area cool.  Building orientation eliminates artificial cooling and the building is cooled by shading with existing tree cover in the summer towards the South as well as shading devices designed for the building.

University of California, Merced 2009 Long Range Development Plan; Merced, CA
UC Merced
This projects approach embraces economic, social and environmental sustainability in all aspects of its built environment, operations and approach to programming.  The plan’s design standards include daylighting in 75% of interior spaces.  The building includes energy efficient lighting, daylighting controls, and carbon dioxide sensors that adjust airflow depending on occupancy.  Under the plan’s zero net energy approach, the campus generates as much electricity as it uses through a portfolio of solar, wind, waste to energy and energy efficiencies.  To design for longevity, spaces and building shells are oriented for flexible re-use wherever possible.