AIA Top 10


Case studies are currently organized by project type. In the future, you will be able to search the case studies database by a variety of criteria, including by cross-referenced building materials listed on Green Building Pages and by key sustainable design and construction features.


 AIA Top 10 1999


Denver Dry Building


Denver, CO

Denver Urban Renewal Authority and Affordable Housing Development Corporation


The Denver Dry building spans two full city blocks and includes six floors plus a basement. The most obvious environmental aspect of Denver Dry is its reuse of a preexisting structure. Though this tactic posed unique challenges, it also saved a considerable amount of resources. Since the building is located in downtown Denver, urban revitalization and support of public transportation are additional positive effects of the redevelopment. Finally, material and energy choices were made with efficiency and other environmental factors in mind.

CCI Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation Consultants and Green Building Services



A renovation of two turn-of-the century buildings in the historic South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the CCI Center serves as an education center and hub for environmental organizations. The adaptive reuse of the building used exterior design consistent with the neighborhood. Rooftop gardens are maintained with water from rain cisterns. Energy-saving features of the project include daylighting, shading, natural ventilation, and photovoltaic panels. Local, reused, recycled, and nontoxic materials were used throughout.

U.S. Green Building Council LEED-EB Pilot (January 2002) -- Level: Gold (47 points)

Real Goods Solar Living Center

Hopland, CA

Van der Ryn Architects


The Solar Living Center is located in a climate zone with extreme summer and winter temperatures. Even though the building has no mechanical heating or cooling system, the interior temperature stays in the 70s F year-round. In the winter months, the low sun penetrates deep into the building to provide warmth and light. In the summer, overhangs and awnings control solar gain. Operable windows with low-e glazing allow natural ventilation and help to reduce heat gain.

The center's energy-production system, connected to the electric grid, generates ten kilowatts of photovoltaic power and three kilowatts of wind power a day, more than enough to power the site. Extra energy is sold to the local energy company.

Duracell Headquarters

Bethel, CT

Herbert S. Newman & Partners, PC



Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

Atlanta, GA

Stewart & Stewart, Rosser Babrap w/ Roger Preston + Partners



Kansas City Zoo Deramus Education Pavilion

Kansas City, MO

Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Architects



McKinney ISD Elementary School

McKinney, TX

SHW Group Inc.



Missouri Historical Society Museum

St. Louis, MI

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Inc.



New York Life Building

Kansas City, MO

Gastinger Walker Harden Architects


REI Seattle Flagship Store

Seattle, WA

Mithun Partners, Inc.




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