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AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Building Projects of 2008
Posted By Ali Kriscenski On April 28, 2008 @ 9:21 am In Architecture | 1 Comment
Every year we look forward to the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment’s (AIA/COTE)  top picks for the best green building projects  of the year. This year’s selections are a showcase of sustainable design approaches that balance functional aesthetics with environmental consciousness. Each winning design has been evaluated under a comprehensive list of measures  from community connectivity, to energy efficiency, to longevity of purpose. Those that have risen to the top of the AIA/COTE list for 2008 are examples of successful programs that, through extensive collaboration, have achieved low-impact structures that fuse architectural excellence with environmental stewardship.
Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, The Kubala Washatko Architects, photo: Mark F. Heffron
Another project in this year’s top ten is one that we’ve featured here on Inhabitat, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center  in Wisconsin designed by Kubala-Washatko Architects . This design was in the spotlight as the first LEED Platinum, carbon neutral building and was also recognized with an accolade from the Forest Stewardship Council  for using sustainably-harvested timber throughout the structure – 78% of the wood used was FSC-certified  and 92% of those materials were locally processed and harvested on site. 
The Miller Hull Partnership  in Seattle, Washington, won kudos this year for their Discovery Center at South Lake Union. A modular pavilion, the center “was designed to be demountable and transportable for future disassembly and reassembly at multiple future locations.” The prefabricated building sits above the site on concrete piers, which helped decrease site disturbance during construction.
Inhabitat favorite KieranTimberlake  was among this year’s winners with their design for the Yale Sculpture Building and Gallery . Other projects honored by AIA/COTE this year include the Garthwaite Center for Science and Arts , Cambridge School of Weston (Architerra, Inc.), Lavin-Bernick Center  (VJAA), Macallen Building Condominiums (Burt Hill with Office dA), Nueva School Hillside Learning Complex, Pocono Environmental Education Center (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson) and Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center  (BKSK Architects).
In-depth information on each of the winning designs from this year’s AIA/COTE picks can be found at the AIA website , with descriptions of each project’s approach to the complex set of metrics used in selection. The AIA has also set up the website with the full project scope of each winning design from program, to finance, to lessons learned in the green building process.
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 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment’s (AIA/COTE): http://www.aia.org/cote_default
 top picks for the best green building projects: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/03/aiacote-top-ten-green-building-projects-of-2007/
 measures: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/grid2007.cfm
 Line and Space: http://www.lineandspace.com/
 Aldo Leopold Legacy Center: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/08/first-leed-platinum-carbon-neutral-building/
 Kubala-Washatko Architects: http://www.tkwa.com/
 accolade from the Forest Stewardship Council: http://greenerbuildings.com/news/2007/11/06/aldo-leopold-legacy-center-wins-fsc-award
 FSC-certified: http://www.fsc.org
 Miller Hull Partnership: http://www.millerpartnership.com/
 KieranTimberlake: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/21/new-green-prefab-from-livinghomes-kierantimberlake/
 Yale Sculpture Building and Gallery: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=992
 Garthwaite Center for Science and Arts: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=985
 Lavin-Bernick Center: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=840
 Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=1018
 AIA website: http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/
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