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A Look Back at the Sustainability Design Award Winners of the Last 3 Years

It's important to take a step back and recognize all the great sustainability projects by local firms. In honor of our 2023 Climate Action themed newsletter, we are highlighting the Sustainability Honor Award projects of the past 3 years.

2022- KieranTimberlake Wins the Sustainability Honor Award for their UW North Campus Housing project.

The University of Washington’s LEED Gold-certified North Campus Housing neighborhood extends an historic campus fabric by weaving together four buildings and accompanying landscapes on a previously isolated and heavily sloped part of campus. The residences create a vibrant living-learning community for upwards of 2,000 students, fostering engagement and connection through dining, instruction, meeting, and recreation spaces.

Situated on a natural plateau along a dramatically sloping site, the neighborhood prioritizes green space by reducing impacts on the landscape and maximizing solar orientation where possible. A mid-slope path made a challenging topography readily accessible to all.

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Check out the award winner video here. 

2021- Erdy Mc Henry Architecture Wins the Sustainability Honor Award for their Fifth Façade: Franklin County Extension project.

Sited to minimize disturbance to the surrounding research fields and to align with adjacent agricultural structures, the Franklin County Extension building gives legibility to the tangible connection between environment and pedagogy while fulfilling the needs of the youth and adults it serves. Each space in the building serves a purpose that focuses on a “learn by doing” mentality. In addition to gardening and cooking, the youth learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication, mathematics, accounting, science, and technology.

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Check out the award winner video here. 

2020- Bright Common Wins the Sustainability Honor Award for their Outlet project.

The Zero Energy Outlet house grew from a couple’s desire to develop their unique street-to-street lot in a rapidly changing urban neighborhood. Prioritizing a sustainable environment for the client’s family and guests, the design team utilized Passive House principles to inform the project’s technical development. A continuous air-tight layer paired with right-sized, lowembodied carbon insulation, minmizes energy loss and increases sound isolation. The energy use of the building’s heat pump systems are offset by a solar PV array to create a certified Zero Energy Ready Home.

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Check out the award winner video here. 

2020- HOK Wins the Sustainability Honor Award for their LG North American Headquarters project.

The new $300 million LEED-Platinum certified North American headquarters is the newest state-of-the-art office facility in the tristate area, and the campus has become a post- COVID-19 model for companies looking for flexible office space outside of major urban centers. Powered 100 percent by renewable energy, the new LG campus generates 30 percent onsite through arrays of LG solar panels on the western halves of each office wing and above the parking garage. A total of two acres of planted green roofs run alongside the PV modules atop the office wings. Other sustainable strategies include restoring and mitigating six wetlands and creating a retention pond to collect stormwater and reduce site runoff. The design team followed Audubon Society guidelines for bird protection, including use of frit patterns on glass facades. Indirect site lighting and automatic shades alleviate light pollution. There are electric vehicle charging stations and ample space for bike storage.

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Check out the award winner video here. 

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