AIA selects the 2015 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

April 23, 2015
The AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced a new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2015. For the last 19 years, the annual Top Teen Green Projects program is considered to be the profession's most rigorous awards program for highlighting sustainable design excellence.

The jury chose the projects that best convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. Other factors taken into account include the project's positive contribution to their communities, improving comfort for building occupants, and the design strategies used to reduce environmental impact.

Additionally, the Federal Center South Building 1202 designed by ZGF Architects won the third annual Top Ten Plus Award. It honors a previous Top Ten Green Project recipient that demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.

Awards will be presented during the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

University Center The New School; New York City
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Project summary: "The LEED Gold building provides space for all aspects of a traditional campus, with 200,000 square feet of academic space on the first seven floors and 150,000 square feet for a 600 bed student residence on the levels above. A thermal energy storage was developed to create and store ice at night, smoothing the load of the building's daytime operations and allowing systems to be both downsized and right sized. Constructed with an extensive 13,500-square-foot green roof, able to detain up to 40% of annual rainfall, this project enabled the design team to take advantage of a combined heat and power system, combining onsite generation with domestic hot water preheating for the dormitory areas, and a black water treatment system combined with low flow features reduce the building's potable water consumption by 75% over baseline."
By Staff
Photo by James Ewing