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American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

by , 05/06/13

Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse by Lake Flato Architects

After 15 years of neglect, this creative re-use of a 26-acre brownfield site and its neglected structures in San Antonio, Texas is drawing in a rich mix of new residents, small businesses, retail and non-profits. It emphasizes community, conservation and local economic development. The goal of the redevelopment was to create a sustainable destination that maintained the identity of the historic brewery while radically repurposing key parts of the compound. The LEED-Gold Full Goods Warehouse is one of the jewels of the Pearl Brewery redevelopment.

Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

This apartment project in Oakland, California transforms an abandoned site near a busy freeway into a community asset for disadvantaged or formerly homeless seniors while setting a high standard for sustainable and universal design. This project remarkably achieved several certifications simultaneously, including LEED for Home Mid-Rise Pilon Program (Platinum Level), Build it Green GreenPoints (206 points), Energy Star Rated Building (making it the first certified in California) and Bay Friendly Landscaping (104 points).

Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard by EHDD

The Marin Country Day School’s Strategic Plan calls for makin ecological literacy an integral part of its curriculum and reinforcing students’ connection to nature. The project, which is located in Corte Madera, California, restores the watershed’s seasonal stream, replacing concrete swales with rockwork and riparian landscaping. And it maximizes storm water and water efficiency strategies to demonstrate the water cycle within a complete watershed, creating amenities that are now some of the students’ favorite places.

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