AIA’s 2007 Top 10 Green Buildings

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Yesterday the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced their selections for the best environmentally friendly buildings in the United States.

The 2007 COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

The jury included: David Brems, FAIA, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith PC; Alisdair McGregor, PE, Arup; John Quale, LEED AP, University of Virginia School of Architecture; Traci Rose Rider, LEED AP North Carolina State University; Anne Schopf, AIA, Mahlum Architects; and Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis.

Selections were chosen from submissions and the links below, listed in alphabetical order, provide project briefs with an accompanying photo.

Top Ten 2007 Green Projects

EpiCenter, Artists for Humanity. Boston, MA | Arrowstreet Inc

Global Ecology Research Center. Stanford, CA | EHDD Architects

Government Canyon Visitor Center. Helotes, TX | Lake/Flato Architects

Hawaii Gateway Energy Center. Kailua-Kona, HI | Ferraro Choi and Associates

Heifer International. Little Rock, AR | Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects, Ltd.

Sidwell Friends Middle School. Washington, DC | Kieran Timberlake Associates

Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse. Eugene, OR | Morphosis & DLR Group

Whitney Water Purification Facility. New Haven, CT | Steven Holl Architects

Willingboro Master Plan & Public Library. Willingboro, NJ | Croxton Collaborative Architects, PC

Z6 House. Santa Monica, CA | Living Homes, Ray Kappe

Honorable Mentions

William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Little Rock, AR | Polshek Partnership Architects

Gerding Theater at the Armory. Portland, OR | GBD Architects Inc.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Provincetown, MA | Machado and Silvetti Associates

Stillwell Avenue Terminal Train Shed. New York, NY | Kiss + Cathcart Architects



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