New Haven, CT – On Oct. 29, the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) held its 14th Green Building Awards Celebration as a virtual event. Alicia Dolce, executive director and emcee of the event, welcomed everyone with a warm introduction to the evening.
The 2020 Award of Excellence was given to the Frick Park Environmental Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Frick Center is a net-zero facility where 100% of the project energy and water needs are met. The award was accepted by Larry Jones, associate director of Atelier Ten, on behalf of architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and the project team who collaborated to create a self-sustaining building that lives in harmony with its natural landscape.
The award winners are:
Judy Swann Green Advocate Award– Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates
CTGBC Trailblazer Award – University of New Haven
Award of Excellence: Best-in-Show – Frick Park Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Public/Institutional Award of Honor – Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
Public/Institutional Award of Merit – Patient Tower, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vt.
Passive House Award of Honor – Beach-Green Dunes, Phase II, Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Multi-Family Award of Merit – Willow Creek, Phase I&II, Hartford, Conn.
Multi-Family Award of Merit – Columbus Commons, New Britain, Conn.
Single-Family Residence Award of Merit – Zero-Energy Passive House, Guilford, Conn.
Out-of-State Award of Merit – William Boyce Thompson Field House, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
Student Design Award of Merit (three tied) – Eric Cantar, Pompeii Archaeological Laboratory; Wesley Moody, Pompeii Archaeological Laboratory; and Brandon Fuentes, Pompeii Archaeological Laboratory
Student Design Award of Honor – Andrew Petersen, Hartford Lift Tower
Keynote speakers Dr. Joseph Allen and Professor John Macomber shared their insights on healthy buildings, the importance of indoor air quality, and advice on how businesses and schools can reopen safely. Professor Macomber will be returning to host a follow-up program to present the business case for healthy buildings.
This year’s program also showcased CTGBC’s commitment through programming, training and advocacy to transform Connecticut’s built environment. Vice-Chair Melissa Kops mentioned Connecticut’s ambitious GHG emission reduction goals, stating, “This is why the Connecticut Green Building Council has stepped up to provide advocacy and expertise to state and municipal agencies.”
Additional highlights included co-authors of “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.”
A recording of the event, along with information on programming, membership, and sponsorship, can be found at ctgbc.org.
A record number of entries were received reflecting nominations for leadership in advocacy or trailblazing, submittals for student design awards and projects in categories including public/institutional, single-family residential, multifamily, and passive-house. Projects either had to be completed in Connecticut, or have a Connecticut firm on the design, construction, or consulting team.