AIA Announces Top 10 Sustainable Designs of 2018

AIA Announces Top 10 Sustainable Designs of 2018, Courtesy of Fort Mason Center
Courtesy of Fort Mason Center

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have announced the winners of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the highest honor for buildings that exemplify great design and sustainable performance. The award, now in its 22nd year, celebrates 10 projects that meet COTE’s rigorous standards for 10 criteria in several areas of design including economic, social, and ecological value. The winners will be honored in June at the AIA Conference in New York City.

Read about the 2018 winners after the break.

Albion District Library; Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Perkins+Will

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One of the busiest libraries in Toronto, the Albion District Library serves a broad range of services to a diverse demographic, including many recent immigrants. Extensive community consultation shaped the design in fundamental ways, including the decision not to renovate and expand an existing library building, which would require a closure of nearly two years. Instead, our team proposed building a new library on the adjacent parking lot site, allowing the existing library to remain open through construction. The importance of the library as a community hub inspired the central architectural concept of an enclosed garden.

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Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building; Atlanta, Georgia | Lake|Flato in collaboration with Cooper Carry

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Georgia Tech’s LEED Platinum Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) is an innovative new model for research facilities. EBB challenges the silos of traditional laboratory design, creating a system of open lab neighborhoods that foster engagement. A departure from traditional lab structure, the “cross-cutting lab” implements continuous working lab space running down the spine of the building, with offices and meeting rooms in the wings. Daylight, outdoor views, a water harvesting system and other biophilic elements used throughout the program encourage interaction. Technology and intelligent design work together to create a multi-purpose open space with high levels of ecological performance.  

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Mundo Verde at Cook Campus; Washington | Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

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Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school, and as such, its campus is a living framework for the curriculum. Through hands-on, real-world thematic units called expeditions, students explore complex sustainability issues. Material, system and resource efficiencies are measured and monitored; stormwater is captured and repurposed; indigenous plantings support migratory insects and birds; and nutrition and wellness are realized via a garden-to-plate-to-compost food education initiative. The school actively provides high-quality education to students PK3- 5th grade with families from all neighborhoods in the District of Columbia including some of the most under-served neighborhoods. The Mundo Verde project revitalized a derelict urban school site as a demonstration for green, sustainable practices, operations, and education.

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Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House; San Francisco | Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Founded in 1981, Family House is a not-for-profit organization providing free temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. The objectives for the new Family House in Mission Bay were to provide a comforting, healthy, and supportive environment for 80 families in a non-institutional, residential setting. Sustainable strategies focused on combining healthy and restorative living spaces for the families with resource and energy efficiencies critical to the on-going operations of the non-profit organization. The resulting design received a Platinum Level certification under the LEED for Homes program.

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New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles; Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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The New United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is a 10-story, 633,000-square-foot building that contains 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers. It houses the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, accommodates the U.S. Marshals Service, and provides trial preparation space for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Federal Public Defender. Sustainability was a driving factor in the courthouse design from the beginning. It achieved LEED Platinum certification, meets the GSA’s 2020 energy objective, and incorporates sustainable design features including a rooftop photovoltaic array and pleated façade that reduces the building’s annual radiation and central plant loads.

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The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Washington | DLR Group

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The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum was the first purpose-built art museum in the country, built in 1859 to the design of architect James Renwick, Jr. and was last renovated between 1967 and 1972. The 21st-century renovation replaced and improved major building infrastructure, enhanced historic features, and improved flexibility for exhibits. The project included restoration of two long-concealed vaulted ceilings; re-creation of the original 19th-century window configuration; replacement of all building systems; and improvements for accessibility. The project achieved a 50 percent reduction in annual energy use, while welcoming more than 500,000 visitors and 180 million social media impressions in its first six months.

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San Francisco Art Institute – Fort Mason Center Pier 2; San Francisco | Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Located at the edge of San Francisco Bay, an historic U.S. Army warehouse at Fort Mason has been transformed into a new campus for the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), creating a dynamic new hub for expanded arts education and public engagement. This historic adaptive reuse preserves the industrial integrity of the landmark structure, supports the school’s pedagogical goals, and integrates advanced sustainable building systems. The project integrates student studios, public exhibition galleries, flexible teaching spaces, a black box theater, and a workshop/maker space, while supporting SFAI’s commitment to positioning artists at the center of public life.

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Sawmill; Tehachapi, California | Olson Kundig

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Set in California’s harsh Mojave Desert, Sawmill offers a new model for the sustainable single-family home. The client brief called for a self-sufficient home that maximized connection between architecture and nature, and between family members inside. The 5,200 SF concrete block, steel and glass home is designed to stand up to the severe climate of the fire-prone Tehachapi Mountains. Demonstrating that high design can also be high performance, Sawmill is a net-zero home that operates completely off the grid.

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Sonoma Academy’s Janet Durgin Guild & Commons; Santa Rosa, California | WRNS Studio

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Embedded with maker/digital classrooms, productive gardens, offices and a full dining/kitchen, Sonoma Academy’s guiding principles of equity, community, and exploration inspired the Guild & Commons two sweeping floors, which stretch to views and integrate into the land. Sliding screens, automated shades, deep overhangs relay how the building responds to climate. Regionally sourced low carbon block, ceramic tiles, reclaimed beams, exterior and interior siding, pair with regionally made lamps and furniture to celebrate community. The living roof attracts pollinators, houses photovoltaics, and connects to tiered planters that filter greywater and stormwater for reuse. 

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One project was also designated as a Top Ten Plus recipient for its exceptional post-occupancy performance data. This year’s recipient is:

Ortlieb’s Bottling House; Philadelphia | KieranTimberlake

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Faced with a growing firm and an increasing need for building and meeting space, Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake transformed a former beer bottling plant into a new studio and testing ground featuring a fabrication lab, model making shop, and breakout spaces. The firm took advantage of the mid-century building’s naturally ventilating form to create an energy-efficient retrofit that uses passive strategies such as daylight, thermal mass, and operable windows to reduce the building’s reliance on mechanical systems by 70 percent. By renovating the existing structure, the firm extended the building’s life cycle and preserved the historic character of a rapidly changing neighborhood.

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NUC approves ARCON’s bid to upgrade Architecture study

 

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On May 1, 20185:40 amIn Homes & Property
By Kingsley Adegboye

The study of architecture in Nigerian universities received a boost last week as the National Universities Commission, NUC, approved the request by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, ARCON, to upgrade study of architecture from departmental to faculty level.

This upgrade is expected to become operational in a few months, as the commission disclosed that it would soon hold a one-day retreat with all academic and practising architects to kick-start the new development.

Prof. Abdulrasheed Abubakar, NUC’s Executive Secretary made this disclosure in Abuja during the annual colloquium organised by ARCON. Abubakar, who was represented by Dr. (Mrs.) Mariam Salle, Acting Director, Department of Students’ Support Services, NUC, said having been satisfied that ARCON had met all specified conditions, the NUC had approved in principle its request to upgrade architecture study in Nigerian universities from the departmental to faculty level.

Ahead of implementing this development and to ensure seamless execution, NUC boss said very soon, a one-day retreat would be held with the academics and the professionals to finalise the upgrading process.

Abubakar who said a directive would be sent to the universities for immediate implementation after the retreat, informed that ARCON’s request was a good one; hence, NUC gave the approval, pointing out that the approval would no doubt lift the profession of architecture to the next level.

“The graduate of that course will be better off. The studies of architecture will definitely be better off with this. It is a positive development for Nigerian students studying architecture,” the NUC boss noted.

The NUC helmsman therefore urged leaders of the profession to embrace the approval and work towards improving the delivery of the curriculum.

Reacting to the development, Umaru Aliyu, President, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, said the approval brought a great excitement to them, because ARCON had been on this since 2012, adding it was a dream come true.

Umaru said that by this policy, it means the production of architects in Nigeria will triple. “Now that study of architecture has been upgraded to faculty, it means that more prospective students would be admitted and that will clearly lead to increased number of architects in Nigeria,” Aliyu said.

The Registrar of ARCON, Umar Murnai, who thanked NUC for assenting to their request, said that, now, architecture in Nigeria cannot remain the same. According to him, ARCON has been working assiduously to get to this point, assuring all stakeholders that it would not relent to ensure smooth implementation of the new policy.

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