Boston – Over 225 attendees gathered recently to celebrate a string of successes by the local green building community working to advance the sustainability of the built environment. The Built Environment Plus (BE+) Green Building Showcase was held at Harvard University’s new Science and Engineering Complex, which previously won the 2021 Green Building of the Year award.
Architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, building users, lenders, and suppliers in the industry came out to cheer on their colleagues showcasing transformative projects across Massachusetts. A total of 12 awards were given out.
“Massachusetts leads the way in shaping a built environment that meets the triple bottom line of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity,” said Meredith Elbaum, BE+ executive director. “I’m continually blown away by the pace of progress in addressing the shortcomings of how we design, build, and operate our buildings. The caliber of projects this year was impressive in so many different dimensions. More holistic and comprehensive approaches to sustainability are gaining deep traction.”
The 2022 Green Building of The Year was awarded to HMFH Architects for its work on the Bristol County Agricultural High School. The judges applauded the project for its “aggressive sustainability, strong community connection, focus on carbon reduction, a teaching tool …all on a limited, public-school budget,” noting that “the project is also a very familiar project type, the renovation and expansion of an obsolete public school, which the team executed beautifully, serving as a fiscally responsible model for the community, state, and public-school project type.”
2022 Green Building Showcase Winners
Green Building of the Year
Bristol County Agricultural High School, submitted by HMFH Architects
Green Home of the Year
Preserving a Family Legacy, submitted by Byggmeister Inc.
Carbon & Energy Award
Williams College Renovation of Fort Bradshaw, submitted by Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects, LLP
Equity & Inclusion Award
Frost Terrace, submitted by Bruner/Cott Architects
Health & Wellness Award
Smith College Neilson Library, submitted by Thornton Tomasetti
Site & Landscape Award
Colby College Harold Alfond Athletics & Recreation Center, submitted by Thornton Tomasetti
Student Project of the Year
Eco Homes Highland Park, submitted by Northeastern University Solar Decathlon
Sustainable Building Operations
Circling Back After Getting the Plaque, submitted by The Green Engineer, Inc.
Sustainable Building Renovation
808 Memorial Drive, submitted by Bruner/Cott Architects
Sustainable Construction Innovation
Mass Timber for Mass Workers: The C. Gerald Lucey Building, submitted by Jones Architecture, Inc.
People’s Choice Award
10 Fan Pier/MassMutual, submitted by Elkus Manfredi Architects
Change Agent Award
Katherine Walsh, Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Program Director for Boston Public Schools