AIA Honors Top Ten Green Building Projects

AIA Honors Top Ten Green Building Projects

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected ten examples of architectural and “green” design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Companies honored include Greyston Bakery, Genzyme Corporation, and Herman Miller.

The 2004 Top Ten Green Projects address significant environmental challenges with designs that integrate architecture, technology, and natural systems. They make a positive contribution to their community, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as: reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. Several of the projects reclaim former brown-field sites.

The AIA's Committee on the Environment represents more than 5500 AIA members committed to making sustainable design integral to the practice of architecture. The seventh annual AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects initiative was developed by the AIA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Building News magazine, and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program.

The Jury selected projects that cover a broad spectrum of project types. Facilities include both new construction and renovation of office, retail, residential, academic, and institutional facilities. The panel of jurors included: Jury Chair, Sandy Mendler , AIA, vice president and sustainable design principal of the San Francisco office of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), Susan Ubbelohde, Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley , Tony McLaughlin, partner, Buro Happold, London, Don Watson, FAIA, architect and author, and William Moorish, professor of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia.

Jury members said that they wanted to pick a range of project and building types. The application forms gave them 10 metrics on each project for a quick reading on performance. “Then the text had to show that the submitter knew what he or she was talking about,” said Jury Chair Sandy Mendler , AIA. “This was not a beauty parade, although a lot of the submissions are really good contenders for AIA Honor Awards.”

The winners are (in alphabetical order):