Holcim Honors Top Green Building Projects in North America

Holcim Honors Top Green Building Projects in North America

An arts and education center in New York, a day labor station in San Francisco and a lake restoration and research center in Canada are among the nine winners sharing $270,000 in prize funds in the prestigious North American Holcim Awards competition.

The North American contest is one of five regional competitions worldwide conducted by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, which is based in Switzerland.

The competition this year involved almost 5,000 entries from 90 countries. The awards honor projects, buildings and visions that constitute "sustainable responses from the building and construction industry to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues."

In North America, the top honors — the Gold Award and a $100,000 prize — went to the Solar 2 Green Energy Arts and Education Center, which is to be New York City's first carbon-neutral building and is slated for construction on a waterfront brownfield site in downtown Manhattan.

An adaptable day labor station project proposed in San Francisco by the nonprofit organization Public Architecture won the Silver Award, which comes with a $50,000 prize.

The Bronze Award and $25,000 went to the Living with Lakes Center project in Sudbury, northeastern Ontario. The work involves freshwater lake restoration and construction of a research facility, which is to be built to LEED Platinum standards. The goal of the research conducted by the soon-to-be-built center is to restore Sudbury's ecosystem and ensure the availability of quality drinking water.

The awards were presented last week in ceremonies in Montreal.  The list of the winners and details of their projects are available at the Holcim Foundation site.