Green Building Awards winners announced

BOSTON, March 20, 2003 — The region’s most innovative, efficient, and resource-smart new architectural gems were recognized through the Northeast Green Building Awards at a ceremony March 13.

The annual competition, part of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) Building Energy 2003 Conference, recognizes design projects that advance the aesthetics of “green buildings.”

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust sponsored the competition, which was open to buildings completed after January 1, 1998 in the northeast 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, Residences, and Solar Electric Buildings. In addition, there was an award for a Student Project.

Judges for this year’s competition were: architect Daniel Arons, AIA, co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects Committee on the Environment; architect Christine Benedict, of New York City; Andrea Dermody, interior designer, Green Roundtable Consultant; Leon Glicksman, Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and architect William Reed, AIA, Principal of Natural Logic.

In making their selections, the judges emphasized architectural form which integrates: energy-efficiency, renewable energy systems, sensitivity to natural surroundings, the health of the building for occupants, along with the environmental impact of materials, construction, and operation. This year’s winners are:

First Prize: Places of Learning
* Clearview Elementary School, Hanover, Pennsylvania
* L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Architects and Engineers
* “This is an outstanding example of the capacity of high-performance schools to significantly reduce operating costs and improve indoor air quality….”

First Prize (tie): Places of Work
* Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Chesapeake Bay Foundation,
* Bay Ridge, Maryland
* SmithGroup, Inc.
* “This handsome project addressed complex site issues, while utilizing an impressive range of green building technologies.”

First Prize (tie): Places of Work
* French Wing Addition to the Conservation Center, Concord, New Hampshire
* Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
* Banwell Architects, EnergySmiths, and Bruss Construction
* “This building was commended for its efficient use of resources, including energy, water, and materials.”

Honorable Mention: Places of Work
* The Family Center, Somerville, Massachusetts
* Elton + Hampton Architects and The Hickory Consortium
* “The project team achieved significant successes with a project type and a budget that most often have little room for addressing green issues.”

First Prize: Residences
* Melrose Commons II, Bronx, New York
* MCII Associates, David Danois Architects, PC, and Steven Winter Associates
* “This efficient, well built project includes 90 well-designed affordable dwelling units.”

Honorable Mention: Residences
* Old Usquepaug, Rhode Island
* Lindsay Suter, Architect
* “This single-family house represents a solid, non-ostentatious green building.”

Honorable Mention: Residences
* Tennis House, Washington, Connecticut
* Gray Organschi Architecture
* “…this beautiful modern house is integrated effectively into the landscape.”

First Prize: Solar Electric Buildings
* The MATCH School, Boston, Massachusetts
* HMFH Architects, Inc.
* “This school shows how to adapt an existing structure responsibly for a new use….”

First Prize: Student Projects
* McKelvy Elementary School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
* Clement Ka Man Cheng, Carnegie Mellon University
* “This project successfully addressed many environmentally important subsystems to achieve an integrated design proposal.”

More detailed judges’ comments and photos of the buildings are available upon request. Photos and information about all entries in the competition will be placed on the NESEA website, www.nesea.org in two weeks.

About NESEA-The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is a regional membership organization comprised of architects, engineers, educators, builders, energy experts, environmental activists, planners, and other citizens interested in clean energy, green buildings, and sustainable transportation. For more information, go to www.nesea.org.

About the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust-The Renewable Energy Trust was created in 1998 by the Legislature as an essential component of efforts to restructure the electric utility industry and to promote the development of renewable energy in the Commonwealth. For more information, see www.masstech.org.

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