By Jen Cole

Pictured Above: Andrea Love – USGBC MA Board Chair, Zach Pursley – Stantec, Judy Nitsch – Nitsch Engineering, Jefferson Poole – Goody Clancy, Molly Meyer – Omni Ecosystems, Dan Arons – Perkins Eastman, Madeline Burns – Architerra, Josh Rollins – Suffolk, Douglas Flandro – Cambridge 7 Associates, Nathan Butt – Sasaki, Celis Brisbin – USGBC MA Acting Executive Director

Congratulations to everyone who won an award at our 2017 Green Building Showcase! The Building of the Year Award is our most prestigious award given to a project that goes above and beyond in sustainable features and shows expletory design and innovation. We choose five professional judges to overlook the entries for this award and choose the most deserving winner. The eight Market Leadership Awards are given to projects that show excellence in specific categories. These awards were voted on through an online survey by all of our community members that attended the Showcase. Thank you to everyone who submitted a project and to all of those who voted for them!

The Green Building of the Year went to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School by Perkins Eastman. The design, targeting LEED for Schools Platinum, was recognized not only for its impressive, significant list of sustainable features, but also for its altruistic impact on education and the immediate surrounding community. The MLK School stood out among the other exemplary green buildings in the contest, demonstrating the impact that a sustainable design from a forward-thinking firm can have in a major city.

Health/Wellness Award went to Roux Center for the Environment at Bowdoin College submitted by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. This project is the on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification and will act as a teaching lab for sustainable and innovative construction technologies.

Site Award went to The Eddy submitted by Gerding Edlen. Standing 17 stories tall, the Eddy consists of 259 apartment units, a suite of amenity spaces, a restaurant and unrivaled views of the Boston Skyline from East Boston.

Water Efficiency Award went to the UMass Amherst Buildings submitted by Nitsch Engineering. UMass Amherst won this through showing how they integrate stormwater into the landscape as part of their sustainable practices.

Energy Efficiency Award went to Bristol Community College’s John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building submitted by Sasaki. The John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building is shared resource space occupied by multiple disciplines within the Sciences and Health Professions disciplines at Bristol Community College.

Social Equity Award went to Omni Green Roof Farm submitted by Omni Ecosystems. In addition to managing stormwater, lessening noise, extending roof life, improving air quality, and other typical green roof benefits, farmed Omni Green Roofs are viable spaces for food, fellowship, and employment.

Beauty Award went to Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center for Executive Education at Harvard Business School submitted by Goody Clancy. This new building will become the new “front door” to the Executive Education precinct with a commitment to executive education, welcomes and orients participants, and providing space for learning, socializing, dining and networking.

Resilience Award went to the project Resilient Futures: Boston Living with Water International Competition submitted by Architerra. Taking top honors in the Boston Living with Water Competition, this proposal for a thriving, mixed-use district was among 50 submissions that envisioned a resilient future adapted for 2100 climate conditions and rising seas.

Materials Award went to UMass Amherst Design Building submitted by Suffolk. This landmark project targeting LEED Gold provides significant momentum for proponents of modern wood construction across the nation and the world.

These projects inspire all of us in the green building industry and here at the USGBC MA, we are amazed at how much can be accomplished in just one year. Stay up to date with our blogs and content to read up on #moregreenbuildings in Massachusetts.


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