Beyond Green Awards Recognize High-Performance Buildings

One of our favorite online resources Environmental Design + Construction, posted this late last month. We second that notion, when all is said an done it should be about High-Performance inside and out not just points chase. Congratulations to all the winners!

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently announced the results of its 2010 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards.

This year’s jury chose to present nine awards for outstanding high-performance buildings and one award for outstanding high-performance building initiative. Winners from a diverse slate of entries were judged on the eight design objectives which define high-performance buildings: Sustainability, Accessibility, Cost-Effectiveness, Functionality, Productivity/Health, Historic Preservation, Safety and Security, and Aesthetics.

“Once again, the range and quality of submissions we examined was truly impressive,” said Gregg Ander, FAIA, jury Chair and Chief Architect for Southern California Edison. “It’s equally impressive to see this level of activity in spite of our difficult economic conditions. Clearly, the value that advanced building design provides is recognized by building owners and occupants.”

Recognized winners were invited to Washington to share their projects with two distinct audiences – both having an interest and ability to help the nation achieve better building performance. The first event was held on Capitol Hill in partnership with the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC). The second event was held at the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture.

“This awards program provides our students with a tremendous opportunity to learn first-hand, from some of today’s leading building practitioners, how to successfully design and construct high-performance buildings,” said Chris Grech, director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program. “We are particularly proud to note that three graduates from our School of Architecture contributed to these projects.”

The 2010 program also featured the presentation of the first annual Greg Franta Memorial Award, which was sponsored by BASF. The award is named after the late Mr. Franta, who was an early pioneer in the field of sustainable architecture, past SBIC Chair, valued SBIC member and inspirational mentor.

This year’s award was bestowed upon Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED AP, for his “outstanding contribution to high-performance building design and construction.”

“I’m humbled to have been selected to receive this honor. Greg was a leader, visionary and inspiration to myself and many others in the sustainably field,” said Gordon. “While his death was tragic and untimely, I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and work beside him.”

Mr. Gordon, who has practiced architecture for over 37 years, is a nationally recognized expert in sustainable and high-performance building design.

“Our members and sponsors are very pleased with the results of this year’s competition, said Bud DeFlaviis, Executive Director of SBIC. “We hope the outstanding people, buildings, and initiatives highlighted today, will not only inspire practitioners to adopt a more holistic approach to buildings, but will reinforce the notion that financial and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive.”

The Beyond Green Awards are part of an educational outreach program for policymakers, building trade professionals and the general public. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC’s web site (, described in depth as case studies on the Whole Building Design Guide ( and integrated into SBIC educational programs.

SBIC’s 2010 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Award Winners

Category A – High-Performance Buildings

Grand Prize – LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Services Center (Olympia, Washington – Miller Hull Partnership)

1st Place – Johnson Controls Incorporated Headquarters (Glendale, Wisconsin – Gensler)

2nd Place – Magnify Credit Union (Lakeland, Florida – Straughn Trout Architects, LLC)

Citations – Category A

Exemplary Community Involvement – Third Street Center (Carbondale, Colorado – Energy and Sustainable Design Inc.)

Integrated Design Process – Pine Jog Elementary School (West Palm Beach, Florida – Zyscovich Architects)

Integrating Site Elements – Clemson University (Pontiac, South Carolina – SmithGroup)

Innovative Envelope System – Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge, Massachusetts – William Rawn Associates)

Corporate Commitment for Going Beyond Green – PNC/Gensler (PNC Place, 800 17th Street)

Integrating Buildings that Teach Concepts – PCC Willow Creek Center (Portland, Oregon – GBD ARCHITECTS Incorporated)

Category B – High-Performance Initiatives

Grand Prize – Category B – NYC Active Design Guidelines (City of New York)

Greg Franta Memorial Award

Harry T. Gordon, FAIA, LEED AP

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