On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, it was only fitting that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) announce its annual Top Ten Green Projects. These projects represent the top examples of sustainable architecture and design in the U.S. that are built to protect and enhance the environment. This year’s program was the most competitive in its 18-year history, with more than 80 submissions.
Each year, the industry is wowed by the creativity of these projects, but this year, we’re beginning to see some trends take shape. Natural, earthy designs were extremely popular (a treehouse design was among one of the recipients), with light wood accents and features such as a rooftop canopy and a high-performance curtain wall designed to look like a field of reeds. Adaptive reuse projects comprised a major part of the list. The list also showed that both federal and university facilities are gaining ground in the world of sustainability. Of the ten projects, three universities and three federal offices made the cut.
Here is a full list of the Top Ten Green Projects:
- Arizona State University Student Health Services; Tempe, Arizona
- John & Frances Angelos Law Center; Baltimore
- Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry; Syracuse, NY
- Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building Modernization; Portland, Oregon
- U.S. Land Port of Entry; Warroad, Minnesota
- Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse; Grand Junction, Colorado
Corporate and Public Structures
- Bud Clark Commons; Portland, Oregon
- Bushwick Inlet Park; Brooklyn, New York
- Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters; Los Altos California
The projects are set to be honored at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago this June. To learn more about the COTE’s Top Ten Green Projects, click here.