CTGBC Recognizes Sustainability, Resiliency at Annual Awards

Accepting the CNG | SCG | UI | Avangrid Award of Excellence (l-r): Hammad Chaudhry, Avangrid; Alicia Dolce, CTGBC executive director; David Ginsberg, WinnCo; and Sheri Dieso, Awards Planning Committee chair / Photo by Mara Lavitt

Derby, CT – The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) held its 15th annual Green Building Awards ceremony on Oct. 7 at The Hops Company in Derby.

The awards seek to acknowledge excellence in design and construction practice, which supports the broader goals of using the built environment as a vehicle for resource efficiency, access to community, and resiliency to combat human health challenges and climate change within the state of Connecticut and beyond.  The awards program also honors individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership through actions that promote sustainability. In addition to a record number of submittals, there was also a record number of sponsors for the 2021 Awards Night Out program.

CTGBC board, advisors, and staff (from back left): Lindsay Suter, Ilona Prosol, Ken Sgorbati, Paul Keyes, Kris Coperine, Nora Rizzo, Caroline DiDominico, Gioia Connell, Nick Jones, Wayne Cobleigh, Kai Starn, Sheri Dieso, Julia Farber, Alysse Buzzelli, Tanya Cutolo, Melissa Kops, and Alicia Dolce / Photo by Mara Lavitt

This year’s event featured a keynote by CEO of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, Karraine Moody. Moody’s keynote, “Let’s Dream Green Together,” addressed the need for housing and sustainability to have an equal priority both now and for future generations.

The night’s top award, the CNG | SCG | UI | Avangrid Award of Excellence, was awarded to The Tyler in East Haven, an adaptive reuse mixed-income community for seniors, submitted by WinnCompanies. The Tyler is the first adaptive reuse project in the United States designed to adhere to the Passive House Institute’s EnerPhit program standards with applicable historic exclusions.

The 2021 CTGBC Green Building Award winners are:

CNG | SCG | UI | Avangrid Award of Excellence: The Tyler, East Haven

Judy Swann Green Advocate Award: Sara Dodson Holmes, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD

Trailblazer Award: Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Bridgeport

Single Family Residential Award of Merit: Passive House Inspired Modular Home

Multi-Family Residential Award of Merit: Sendero Verde

Commercial Award of Merit: Capitol Crossing, 250 Massachusetts Avenue

Institutional Award of Merit: Ann and George Colony Hall, Choate Rosemary Hall

Institutional Award of Merit: Schiller Coastal Studies Center, Bowdoin College

Institutional Award of Honor: Fellows Hall, Williams College

Student Design Award of Honor: The Array Hartford Boutique Hotel

Student Design Award of Merit: The Ulmus Pumila

Student Design Award of Merit: Palisade Hotel

The CTGBC selects a new panel of independent jurors every year to maintain the integrity of the awards program. This year’s jurors were Leonard Wyeth of Wyeth Architects, LLC; Karla Butterfield, Steven Winters Associates; Antonia Ciaverella, Tecton Architects; Steven Burke, Consigli Construction Co.; and Katherine Jacobs, the City of New Haven.

The Tyler Apartments

“This year’s Award of Excellence, The Tyler in East Haven, is not only a shining example of an extraordinary achievement of high-performance, health and comfort, it is also a testament to the project teams’ vision and commitment to pursue a very high level of rigor in a building constructed over 80 years ago. Their leadership serves as an inspiration that exemplifies the ethos of CTGBC’s mission to accelerate the healthy, resilient, equitable and sustainable transformation of Connecticut’s built environment,” stated Alicia Dolce, executive director of the CT Green Building Council.