Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Announces 11th Awards of Excellence Winners

October 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The 11th Awards of Excellence Winners Announced: Celebrating outstanding green roofs and walls across North America by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).

“GRHC is very pleased to celebrate this year’s Awards of Excellence winners for their outstanding contributions to the world of living architecture. Everyone involved with these projects should be proud of this recognition, as over 35 of North America’s most innovative new examples of living architecture were submitted, making for very tough competition.” ~ Steven Peck, Executive Director, GRHC

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Selected to evoke the theme of CitiesAlive 2013, Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food – Water – Energy,” these are the 2013 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS:

Extensive Institutional Award
Project: Kauffman Performing Arts Center & District Garage, Kansas City, MO
Award Recipient: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
The green roof atop one of the most architecturally advanced arts centers in the U.S. beautifully complements the building, and is the largest stormwater detention facility in the State of Missouri.

Small-Scale Residential Award
Project: Skyhigh Residence, Fairfax, CA
Award Recipient: SYMBIOS eco-tecture
Built on a steep hillside that gives the inhabitants gorgeous views of the surrounding wildlands and nearby mountains, the Skyhigh Residence green roof offers a direct connection to the area’s ecosystem.

Exterior Green Wall Award
Project: Sam Cuddeback Assembly Wing, Drew School, San Francisco, CA
Award Recipient: ROMA Design Group
Besides being an extraordinary educational resource for the high school, this living wall brings a vibrant lushness to the public environment of the city.

Interior Green Wall Award
Project: Papadakis Integrated Science Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects
This living wall, the largest on a U.S. university campus, invites a more full engagement with the university experience while cleaning the building’s air and reducing energy consumption.

Intensive Residential Award
Project: The Visionaire, New York City, NY
Award Recipient: MKM Landscape Architecture
The roof terrace at The Visionaire maximizes the productive capabilities of this certified LEED Platinum building, combining urban agriculture, stormwater retention, and impressive plant variety.

Intensive Institutional Award
Project: Vancouver Island University, Duncan, BC
Award Recipient: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture
The green roofs at VIU successfully connect the university to both the ecosystem of the Cowichan Valley and the values and culture of local Cowichan Tribes.

Extensive Commercial/Industrial Award
Project: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma, CA
Award Recipient: SYMBIOS eco-tecture
Situated along the Petaluma River, this green roof helps the water recycling facility it sits on provide clean water for the community, while also demonstrating the sustainable aspects of building integrated vegetation.

Special Recognition Award
Project: Olive Street Residence, Winchester, MA
Award Recipient: Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Bringing green roofs to a suburban residential location where they frequently are not seen, the judges chose to recognize this project for the example it sets for lower density development across North America.

In addition to these projects being honored, three individuals have also been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the green roof and wall industry:

Research Award
Winner: Dr. Maureen Connelly, British Columbia Institute of Technology

President’s Corporate Award
Winner: Douglas York, Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc.

Civic Award
Winner: Scott Potter, Director, Nashville Metro Water Services

See each one from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities here.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Black, Director of Business Development, GRHC at: rblack@greenroofs.org or 416.535.2586.

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Make sure to join the celebration to honor the GRHC winners and highlight these outstanding individuals and projects at CitiesAlive at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Awards of Excellence Luncheon.

Kudos to all!  See you there!

~ Linda V.

Congrats to the Winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence

October 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The winners of the  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  (GRHC) 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence represent some of the finest design teams in North America.  The Awards will be presented at the 10th  Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference  – don’t miss this wonderful recognition event of innovators and leaders in our field!

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities established the Green Roof Awards of Excellence in 2003 to recognize green roof projects which exhibit extraordinary leadership in integrated design and implementation. The awards also increase general awareness of green roof and green wall infrastructure and its associated public and private benefits, while recognizing the valuable contributions of green roof and green wall design professionals.”  ~  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Here are the 2012 winners:

Green Wall Award
Project: Corus Quay, Toronto, ON
Award Recipients: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect) & Nedlaw Living Walls (Green Wall Specialist)

Green Roof – Extensive Institutional
Project: Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA
Award Recipient: Swift Company, LLC (Landscape Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, NS
Award Recipient: Lydon Lynch Architects (Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Residential
Project: The Royal York Condominium, New York, NY
Award Recipient: Town and Gardens Ltd. (Design, Install, and Maintenance)

Green Roof – Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: The Ledge Kitchen & Drinks, Dorchester, MA
Award Recipient: Recover Green Roofs, LLC (Design and Install)

Green Roof – Intensive Institutional
Project: Chicago Botanic Garden – Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, Chicago, IL
Award Recipient: Chicago Botanic Garden (Client)

Green Roof – Intensive Residential Award
Project: One Cole, Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect)

Click here to read all about each GRHC award winner, with photos and background materials.

Visit www.citiesalive.org to learn more and register to learn about the future of green infrastructure and earn credits through LA CES, GBCI, AIA CES, APLD, RCI, and GRHC.

Congratulations to the winners, and  hopefully  I’ll see you in Chicago!

~ Linda V.