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 2003

Argonne Child Development Center


San Francisco, CA

450 Architects

Contact: Richard Parker, AIA
(415) 546-0450

San FranciscoÕs first solar-powered school close to its largest community garden. Neighbor and community participation. This is a green building due to its solar performance and its material selections. The school was built with minimal environmental impact. Natural ventilation, daylighting, solar energy, passive solar design, recycled and low-VOC building materials are some of the sustainable design principles used. Landscaped with indigenous, edible plants that also stabilize the soil and control erosion. Durable, benign and recycled materials used. Low flow toilets. Biocomposite panels used for art supply cabinets and cubbies. The outdoor play structure, ceramic tiles, and carpets incorporate recycled content. Agricultural-waste-fiber panels for millwork and interior finish.
Chicago Center for Green Technology

Chicago, IL

Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design

Contact: Doug Farr
(312) 408-1661

An example of brownfield waste dump transformed into green showcase. Uses solar and geothermal energy, rooftop garden, natural habitat to filter storm water. Solar panels, rainwater collection for irrigation, smart lighting, erosion and sedimentation control, bioswales, native plants. 36% of all building materials used have recycled content including drywall cellulose insulation, linoleum, ceiling tiles, rubber flooring, gravel, fill materials, steel, tile, MDF board, and fireproofing. Over 50% of the materials were manufactured or assembled within 300 miles. Received LEED 1.0 Platinum in 2003.
Colorado Court

502 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA

Pugh Scarpa Kodama

Contact: Pugh Scarpa Kodama
(310) 828-0226

A 44 Single-resident apartment units, a community room, a mail room, an outdoor courtyard, storage space for bicycles, and covered parking for 20 vehicles. Building was sited and oriented to take full advantage of passive solar energy benefits and natural ventilation. The southwest facades are covered with solar panels that provide 98% of their energy demand. Over 75% of construction waste was recycled. Has a physical in-house recycling system. Engineered wood products were used for rough carpentry. The building features double glazed, kryton filled, low-e windows with stainless steel spacers; blown-in recycled cellulose insulatio, high efficiency refrigerator and appliances, 100% recycled carpet and linoleum, formaldehyde free MDF cabinets, Low and No VOC paints, sealants and adhesives used, natural stucco pigments, coal fly ash, recycled content synthetic gypsum board, wallboard and all T8 fluorescent bulbs do not contain mercury. The insulation is made from recycled newsprint.
Cusano Environmental Education Center

Philadelphia, Penn.

Susan Maxman & Partners, Ltd.

Contact: Susan Maxman & Partners, Ltd
(215) 985-4410

This project is remarkable in their focus on restoring the surrounding tidal marsh and incorporating it into their design. This project has an onsite ecological wastewater treatment facility named the Marsh Machine which is a working purification system. Key attributes include greywater reuse and rainwater harvesting from the roofs, sixty year old salvaged timbers, certified Pennsylvania hardwood, and many products with recycled content.
Fisher Pavilion

220 Harrison St., Bldg. 65 Seattle, WA

Miller Hull Partnership

Contact: Ronald Rochon
(206) 682-6837

LEED Silver rating. Materials chosen based on durability, indoor air quality, and sustainability. High flyash content in the concrete mitigated carbon dioxide byproducts. 56% of the products used contain recycled content. 49% of the products were sourced regionally or locally. 86% of construction, demolition, and land clearing debris were recycled on the project.
Herman Miller Marketplace

Zeeland, MI

Integrated Architecture

Contact: Trisha Spaulding
(616) 574-0220

LEED Gold Rating. Flushless urinals and flow regulating toilets lavatories and showers are used in order to conserve water. 100% post-consumer recycled crushed concrete, and concrete rebar were used. The structural steel was 90% post-consumer recycled. The metal joists, floor deck and roof deck are 95% post-consumer recycled. 50% of the construction waste was recycled.
Hidden Villa Hostel & Summer Camp

26870 Moody Rd.
Los Altos, CA

Arkin Tilt Architects

Contact: David Arkin
(510) 528-9830

Clerestory windows utilized to maximize winter solar exposure. Durable, sustainable materials are used where possible. Recycled plastic decking is used for the porch, ramps and stairs. All wood products used are manufactured, certified, or salvaged. The exterior siding was reused from the original Hostel and also milled from salvaged Port Orford cedar. All insulation was sprayed-cellulose which is made from recycled newspapers. Many of the windows, doors, and cabinets were also salvaged and used.
San Mateo County Sheriff's Forensic Laboratory and Coroner's Office

San Mateo, CA

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

Contact: Edward McCrary
(415) 243-0555

Car pool spaces, bicycle racks and showers encourage alternative transportation. The design reduces energy by 50% compared to what Title 24 requires and reduces peak loads by 50% also. Waterless urinals, low flow showerheads, and low flow toilets were used to reduce water use by 40%. Durable and low-maintenance products were chosen. 78% of all construction waste was recycled.
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