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AIA 2010 Cote Top 10 Green Projects, Washington, D.C., United States 
Thursday 22 Apr 2010
 
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HOK, KAUST 
 
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AIA names 2010 COTE 10 sustainable projects 

Just in time for Earth Day, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami in June.

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program recognizes projects that follow an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology while making a positive contribution to their communities.

The 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Projects jury includes: Peter Busby, Busby Perkins & Will; Robert Harris, Lake Flato Architects; Denis Hayes, The Bullitt Foundation; Lisa Heschong, Heschong Mahone Group, Inc.; Alison G. Kwok, University of Oregon; Elizabeth I. Ogbu, Public Architecture.

355 11th Street – Matarozzi/Pelsinger Building, San Francisco Aidlin Darling Design
355 Eleventh is a LEED-NC Gold adaptive reuse of a previously derelict, turn-of the-century industrial building. Because the project site is on the National Register of Historic Places, the San Francisco Planning Department mandated that the project’s new siding be an “in-kind” replacement of the original corrugated metal siding and that the overall window area be consistent between old and new. The design team also introduced subtle perforations into the new zinc cladding to allow light and air into the occupied spaces.

City of Watsonville Water Resources Center, Watsonville, Calif. WRNS Studio
The Water Resources Center is a functional, educational and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000-square- foot building consolidates three different city and county water departments into a single workspace. The facility includes administrative offices, a water quality lab, educational space and a design that displays the story of water in California.

KAUST, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia HOK
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a new international, graduate-level research university in science and technology and focusing on energy and the environment. KAUST's new campus is Saudi Arabia's first LEED-certified project and the world's largest LEED Platinum project.

Kroon Hall - Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Hopkins Architects and Centerbrook Architects & Planners
Replacing a brown field site, Kroon Hall is a net-zero energy building that aims to inspire and encourage people to alter their lives and become more sustainable citizens. The design team accomplished this through a mix of active and passive design measures and visible, invisible and interactive building features.

Manassas Park Elementary School + Pre-K, Manassas Park, Va. VMDO Architects, P.C.
MPES is conceived throughout as a teaching tool that shepherds children along a path of environmental stewardship. Sustainable design is integrated into the building with the elementary curriculum. Interior extended learning spaces offer views of the neighboring mixed oak forest, while elementary classrooms face shady moss and fern-covered learning courtyards featuring “fallen” trees and other aspects of an eastern US deciduous forest floor.

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers
Manitoba Hydro Place was designed following a formal integrated design process to achieve sustainable goals. A model for bioclimatic design in an extreme climate, the ‘Capital A’ form is site-specific to harness the maximum amount of passive solar and wind energies and to provide 100 percent fresh air. At 88 kwh/m2/annually, from a demand side, it is the most energy efficient, large office tower in North America, with a 66 percent improvement over the standard. Manitoba Hydro Place is targeting LEED Platinum certification.

Michael J. Homer Science & Student Life Center, Atherton, Calif. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
The 44,109-square-foot building incorporates a hybrid program of eight science classrooms, a 700-seat auditorium, a 350-seat dining hall and administrative offices. The design encourages scientific inquiry, linking the school’s science curriculum to building functions throughout the seasons – how it breathes, resists gravity, conserves precious resources and generates energy.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, N.Y. BNIM Architects
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is designed to clean water and return it to the local systems, and educate users about the process. Technologies were selected to clean the water using natural systems including the earth, plants and sunlight. The entire building and water process use site-harvested, renewable energy achieving a net-zero energy system. This required the facility to be free of waste (volume, material, energy), organized and carefully tuned to harvest solar energy for passive heating and lighting, using the entire mass for thermal comfort.

Special No. 9 House, New Orleans, La. KieranTimberlake
The Special No. 9 House was designed for the Make It Right Foundation project to provide 150 storm-resistant, affordable, and sustainable housing options for the New Orleans residents displaced Hurricane Katrina from the Lower Ninth Ward. This single-family home is poised for mass production, anticipating a shift from on-site to off-site fabrication as more homes are built. Key goals were to create safe, healthy and dignified housing to residents in a flood-prone area, and to empower residents to return to improved living conditions that take advantage the New Orleans climate and express the city’s deep cultural heritage.

Twelve|West, Portland, Ore. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
Rising 23 stories above the intersection of Twelfth and Washington streets in Portland, Ore., Twelve|West is a mixed-use building designed to achieve the highest levels of urban sustainability, and is expected to earn a LEED Platinum rating. The designers selected low-impact materials, including salvage, reclaimed and FSC-certified wood. Much of the concrete building structure is exposed on the interior minimizing the use of finish material and providing ample thermal mass. Energy use reduction was a primary driver of the design. Simulations predict energy savings of 45 percent over a baseline code building.

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