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2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, Cherokee Studios, Brooks + Scarpa

Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA

These urban infill, mixed-use, market-rate apartments are designed with energy efficiency in mind — they utilize passive cooling strategy like cross-ventilation and thermal convection to make the most of their sunny southern California location. Cherokee Studios is currently awaiting LEED Platinum certification and it also features an owner-controlled, double facade system with operable metal shade screens.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, First Unitarian Society Meeting House, The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.

First Unitarian Society Meeting House, Madison, WI

The First Unitarian Society needed to expand their facilities to accommodate their growing congregation, however they wished to preserve the integrity of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark Meeting House. The 20,000 sq ft addition provides space for expanded daily needs, exemplifies the congregation’s deeply held environmental values, and reflects Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, Kiowa County K-12 Schools, BNIM Architects

Kiowa County K-12 Schools, Greensburg, KS

After a devastating tornado tore through Greensburg, Kansas, the town was all but destroyed and in need of many new facilities, including a new school. This K-12 facility utilizes a highly flexible, sustainable approach that focuses on students and is targeting LEED Platinum certification.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, High Tech High Chula Vista, Studio E Architects

High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA

This public charter school places a strong focus on community, project-based learning, and fostering students’ individual interests. HTH’s main principles are small class sizes, openness and transparency, and sustainable design.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, Livestrong Foundation, Lake|Flato

LIVESTRONG Foundation, Austin, TX

This adaptive reuse project of a former paper factory in Austin is now the headquarters for Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation. Reclaimed materials, creative office spaces, and natural daylighting make this a beautiful project.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Miller | Hull Parntership

LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia, WA

The LOTT Clean Water Alliance celebrated the essential resource by placing its water reclamation plant right out in the open and revitalizing an older facility. The office, education and technology center provides wastewater treatment services to 85,000 people in four local communities and emphasizes water conservation through a strong community outreach program.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, OS House, Johnsen Schmaling Architects

OS House, Racine, WI

This LEED Platinum-certified urban home features a compact design on a narrow infill lot and eliminates extraneous closet space, bathrooms and parking spaces in order to maximize floor space. The high-performance home features energy-efficient passive solar design as well as a rainscreen and a tight building envelope.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, Step Up On 5th, Brooks + Scarpa

Step Up on 5th, Santa Monica, CA

This mixed-use project provides permanent affordable housing and support services for the homeless and mentally disabled population in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. Density and a transit-oriented location are mixed with natural daylighting, passive solar design and access to community resources.

2011 COTE Awards, AIA, Top Ten Green, Vancouver Convention Centre, LMN Architects

Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, British Columbia

The LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Centre is well-known for its large green roof, but it also deserves major props for its commitment to energy efficiency, the community, and the area’s waterways and salmon. The project includes an artificial reef to guide salmon around the perimeter of the development.