Green Building Award Winners Unveiled

The Northeast region’s most innovative, efficient, and resource-smart new architectural gems were recognized through the Northeast Green Building Awards at a ceremony last week. The annual competition, part of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) Building Energy 2004 Conference, recognizes outstanding high-performance buildings. SolarAccess.com has taken the opportunity to bring you some images of these striking buildings through the photographs below.

March 19, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust was the major sponsor of the competition, which was open to buildings completed after January 1, 1998 in the northeastern United States and to design projects developed by students living in the region. NESEA organized the competition. Honors for design and building excellence for either new construction or renovations were given in four award categories: Places of Learning, Places of Work-Large Buildings, Places of Work-Small Buildings, and Places to Live. In addition, there were awards given for Student Projects. Judges for this year’s competition were Daniel Arons, AIA, Architerra, Inc.; green building consultant Elizabeth Cordero; Andrew Shapiro, Energy Balance Inc.; architect Donald Watson, FAIA, NCARB; and Mark Webster, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. In making their selections, the judges emphasized architectural form that integrates energy-efficiency, renewable energy systems, sensitivity to natural surroundings, and the health of the building for occupants, along with the environmental impact of materials, construction, and operation. This year’s winners of the 2004 Northeast Green Building Awards follow: First Prize: Places of Learning The Capuano Early Childhood Center, Somerville, MA HMFH Architects, Inc. Judges’ Comments: This building packs a lot into a challenging site. For example, the roof area is used efficiently for skylighting and solar panels. The project team conducted careful daylight modeling to create a well-oriented building that uses daylighting effectively. The program for the school includes strategies for educating the students about the building’s green features. Honorable Mention: Places of Learning Black Rock Forest Center for Science and Education, Cornwall, NY Fox & Fowle Architects Judges’ Comments: Honorable mention is awarded for this project’s reliance on all local materials and for its excellent energy efficiency. Honorable Mention: Places of Learning ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT Energy Balance, Inc. and Smith – Alvarez – Siekiewycz Architects Judges’ Comments: Honorable mention is awarded for this building’s elegant, well-considered design. It has impressive energy-efficiency results. First Prize: Places of Work-Large Buildings The Plaza at PPL Center, Allentown, PA Robert A. M. Stern Architects Judges’ Comments: The project designers have successfully incorporated many green elements into a conventional commercial office building type. In addition to numerous desirable energy-related measures, such as south-facade solar controls, daylighting, and an innovative cooling system, the building includes winter gardens, waterless urinals, and environmentally preferable materials. This is a good model for how to mainstream green building. Second Prize: Places of Work-Large Buildings Genzyme Center, Cambridge, MA Next Phase Studios Judges’ Comments: This building pushes the envelope for commercial office buildings and incorporates many cutting-edge green features. It will be an appealing workspace for employees, and exciting for visitors as well. Honorable Mention: Places of Work-Large Buildings McFarland State Office Building, Barre, VT Freeman French Freeman, Inc. Judges’ Comments: Honorable Mention is awarded for this sound, sensitive, environmentally responsible renovation of an historic building. First Prize (tie): Places of Work-Small Buildings Gilman Ordway Building, Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA William McDonough & Partners Judges’ Comments: This project is a result of close attention to all aspects of energy-efficient and environmentally responsible design. The building features effective daylighting and natural ventilation, and has outstanding energy performance. The team addressed a challenging and constrained site with a contemporary office addition that respects and adaptively reuses the original regional style house. First Prize (tie): Places of Work-Small Buildings Natural Lands Trust Headquarters Expansion, Media, PA Susan Maxman & Partners Judges’ Comments: This project utilizes open space planning to provide full daylighting and natural ventilation. It incorporates exterior sunshades, light shelves, a geothermal heat pump, innovative stormwater management strategies, and other environmentally sound technologies. The end result is an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable structure. First Prize (tie): Places to Live Eden: A Strawbale Home, Wilmington, VT LineSync Architecture Judges’ Comments: This is an attractive, comfortable modest-sized home. It is highly energy efficient and includes a photovoltaic off-the-grid installation. It is built with low-energy materials. The first floor provides workspace for the two adults, so they do not need to travel off-site to get to their workplaces. First Prize (tie): Places to Live The Felician Sisters Convent, Coraopolis, PA Perkins Eastman Judges’ Comments: An effective, thorough team planning process produced a successful building for the client’s particular needs. There was meticulous, successful attention to building details. The submission showed how a green design process can provide an enriching, positive educational experience during design and construction. The completed building is then being used to educate others about green building. Honorable Mention: Places to Live Linden Street Housing, Somerville, MA Mostue & Associates Architects, Inc. Judges’ Comments: Honorable mention is awarded for this successful effort to build environmentally conscious, affordable multi-family housing with very strict economic and regulatory limitations. The project fits nicely into its urban setting. First Prize: Student Projects Ecotone Village, East Boston, MA (proposed location) Daniel Lamb, Boston Architectural Center Judges’ Comments: This project reflects sophisticated planning and a well-integrated sustainable design strategy. Second Prize: Student Projects Maximizing Energy: A Clean Source of Urban Energy, New York, NY Elizabeth Taylor Arnaiz, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture (proposed location) Judges’ Comments: This innovative, creative, design project probes the boundaries of what’s possible. Third Place (tie): Student Projects CRCC #5, Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY (proposed location) Justin T. Allen, The State University of New York at Buffalo Judges’ Comments: This project takes an innovative concept and develops it well. Third Place (tie): Student Projects CCRC#4, Buffalo, NY (proposed location) David Rooth, The State University of New York at Buffalo Judges’ Comments: Interchangeable components and recyclable materials are creatively incorporated into the building design. Photos courtesy of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
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