Over the last three years, the AIA New York Committee on the Environment (COTE) has hosted their own edition of the COTE Awards to celebrate projects that demonstrate exemplary sustainable design, both technically and aesthetically. After scoping through projects located within a 200-mile radius from Central Park, the competition jury selected four winning projects, which the AIANY announced today.
This year's winners are:
- Honor Award: George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health (Washington, DC) by Payette
- Honor Award: The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground (Staten Island, NY) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- Merit Award: New York Police Academy (Queens, NY) by Perkins+Will
- Merit Award: Washington Square Park House (New York, NY) by BKSK Architects
Keep reading for more about the winning projects.
AIANY COTE Honor Award: George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health (Washington, DC) by Payette
Project summary: “This LEED Platinum-certified School of Public Health is located on iconic Washington Circle Park in the heart of the nation’s capital. The project’s most sustainable solutions are deeply embedded into its architecture, keenly demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between sustainability and public health. The building’s sky-lit atrium, where classrooms and study areas overlook the city through an open latticework of floor openings, invites exploration and discovery. From the outset, planning for this building involved the active participation of students, faculty, and administrators.”
AIANY COTE Honor Award: The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground (Staten Island, NY) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Project summary: “[The school is] designed to be the first net-zero-energy school in New York City and one of the first of its kind worldwide. Designed to harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses annually, this education facility raises the bar for sustainable design in New York City and sets an example for the design of future schools. Located in Staten Island, the 68,000-square-foot school serves 444 students, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) commissioned the design of the Kathleen Grimm School to serve as its first ‘sustainability lab,’ where a range of green design strategies could be utilized with the ultimate goal of improving the energy efficiency of schools throughout the city.”
AIANY COTE Merit Award: Washington Square Park House (New York, NY) by BKSK Architects
Project summary: “The new, 3,100-square-foot Washington Square Park House houses public restrooms, offices, storage, and unique mechanical spaces, most notably the pumps that operate the park’s historic display fountain. This single-story structure is articulated with a colonnade made of New York Champlain Valley granite. Designed to have a small footprint, its systems include a solar panel array and ground source heat pumps. Combined with passive design strategies, such as a high-performance building envelope and expansive daylighting, the park house achieves LEED Platinum certification.”
AIANY COTE Merit Award: New York Police Academy (Queens, NY) by Perkins+Will
Project summary: “As its first new home in 50 years and its first-ever consolidated campus, the New York Police Academy provides the 50,000-plus-member NYPD with the most advanced law enforcement training facility in the world – one designed to flexibly respond to the NYPD’s ever-evolving training needs. The design approach merges the recapture of an underutilized, environmentally-challenged brownfield site with an inspiring civic program to create a highly sustainable and resilient new facility. It is the largest public building in New York to achieve LEED Gold certification.”
Winners will be presented with their awards during an evening ceremony at the Center for Architecture on November 1. During the event, the winners will give presentations and then take part in a discussion with competition organizers and jurors.
James Barnes, Partner, Foster + Partners
Fiona Cousins, Principal, New York Office, Arup
Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor, Architectural Record
John H. Lee, Deputy Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Timothy McDonald, RA, LEED AP, CPHC, Principal, Onion Flats
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