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What Makes It GREEN 2012 | AWARD WINNERS

 AIA Seattle Congratulates 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Award Winners
Awarded Projects Illustrate the Best in Regional Sustainable Design

AIA Seattle congratulates the recipients of the 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Awards. What Makes It GREEN? was established by AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) over a decade ago to recognize and learn from the best in sustainable design and promote the importance of sustainable building practices. The awarded projects were announced at the What Makes it GREEN? Awards event held Wednesday in Seattle on April 18, 2012 at Seattle City Hall.

The 2012 What Makes It GREEN? program featured a four-member jury featuring Ash Awad P.E., Vice President - Energy & Facility Service, McKinstry; Amanda Sturgeon AIA, Certification Director, International Living Future Institute; Jason Twill, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc. and Daniel Williams FAIA, Founder, DWA Design. The jury was moderated by Brian Geller, Founder & Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District.

The jury selected six projects to receive awards, four built and two unbuilt. Six projects were also given Honorable Mentions, four built, and two unbuilt.

2012 What Makes It GREEN? Co-Chairs were Eric Anderson AIA, CDI Engineers and Christopher Meek AIA, Integrated Design Lab, UW.

The 2012 AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment Co-Chairs are David Winans AIA and Cheryl Jacobs AIA.

Below are the winning projects. Included are credits from the contractors, consultants, and other collaborators who helped make each project a success. Many thanks to the AIA Seattle Corporate Allied Partners who sponsored this program.


Bertschi School Living Science Building
KMD Architects

Collaborators: Preconstruction/Construction Services: Skanska Landscape Architecture: GGLO Civil Engineering: 2020 Engineering Geotechnical Engineering: GeoEngineers Structural Engineering: Quantum Consulting Engineers Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing: Rushing Sustainability Consultant: O'Brien and Company Urban Ecologist: Back To Nature Design LLC Public Relations Services: Parsons Public Relations Building Envelope Consultant: Morrison Hershfield Key Collaborators: Organizational: Cascadia Region Green Building Council Jurisdictional: King County GreenTools Jurisdictional: City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development:Green Building Program. Owner / Client: The Bertschi School

Image Credit(s): © 2011 Benjamin Benschneider, All Rights Reserved

Bremerton Office & Studio
Rice Fergus Miller

Collaborators: Tim Ryan Construction: Dan Ryan, Adam Vega, Lee Capps, Mike Preston • Ecotope: Shawn Oram, P.E. • PCS Structural Solutions: Jim Harris, P.E. • EEI Engineers • Gerber Engineering • Cascade Design Collaborative • Westsound Engineering • Air Placed Concrete Specialists • Bird Electric • B K Welding & Fabrication • Caseco Associates, Inc. • Kone • Lee Fabricators, Inc. • Firequest, Ltd. • Badge Boys - signage • Northwest Door, Inc. • Sabelhaus • Pipemaster • Professional Drywall • Tri-Star Roofing, Inc. Owner / Client: Mike and Barbara Miller, Dave and Mary Beth Fergus, Steve and Terri Rice<



LOTT Clean Water Alliance - Regional Services Center
The Miller Hull Partnership

Collaborators: Landscape: Murase Costing: Roen Associates Security/Data/Mechanical/Electrical: PAE Consulting Engineers Lighting: LUMA Structural/Civil: AHBL Interpretive: Aldrich Pears Interiors: 33 Design Hardware: Adams Consulting. Owner / Client: LOTT Alliance

Image Credit(s):  Nick Lehoux




Machias Elementary School 

Collaborators: Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen Landscape Architect: Weisman Design Group Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers Electrical Engineer: Hargis Engineers Contractor: Graham Construction. Owner / Client: Snohomish School District

Image Credit(s): Benjamin Benschneider



Bullitt Center for Sustainable Design and Construction
The MillerHull Partnership

Collaborators: MEP: PAE Consulting Engineers Developer: Point32 General Contractor: Schuchart Net Zero Water Consultant: 2020 Engineering Structural: DCI Engineers Solar Design: Solar Design Associates Civil: Springline Design Landscape: Berger Partnership Education Partners: University of Washington Integrated Design Lab Cascadia Green Building Council. Owner/Client: The Bullitt Foundation

Image Credit(s):
 The Miller Hull Partnership



Greenfire Campus (UNBUILT) 
Johnston Architects

Collaborators: Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers, Civil Engineer: 2020 Engineering, Landscape Architecture: The Watershed Company, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack & Kurtz, Interior Design: Robin Chell Design, Acoustic Design: SSA Acoustics, General Contractor: Walsh Construction Company, MEP Design/Construction: PSF Mechanical, Inc, Electric design/construction: Merit Electric, Project Management: The Seneca Group, Land Use Attorney: McCullough Hill Leary,PS

Image Credit(s): Images courtesy of studio/216, Seneca Group, Aldo Leopold Foundation



Those receiving Honorable Mentions are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus by NBBJ; Biodiversity Green Wall by the University of Washington Green Futures Lab; SIERR Building at McKinstry Station by John Lang (McKinstry and CTA); Swift Building Lofts by High Plains Architects; Walking Mountains Science Center by Mithun; and U.S. General Services Administration Federal Center South Redevelopment by ZGF Architects LLP.

Descriptions and web-ready images of these and all submitted projects can be found here. High-resolution images available by contacting Danielle Henderson.

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