Case Studies
176 Battery Street Project

178 Battery St.
Burlington, VT

Ocean Arks

Contact: John Todd
(802) 860-0011

Ocean Arks has developed Living Machines which is a way to clean and purify waste water. Living Machines can be used in schools, slaughterhouse and many other applications. It purifies the water naturally with the use of plants. This project in Burlington features the use of Living Machines.
The Aspen Skiing Company Sundeck Restaurant

Aspen, CO

The Rocky Mountain Institute
Alexis Karolides

Contact: The Aspen Skiing Company

LEED recognized for Construction Waste Management. As a LEED Bronze Pilot Project, the waste management program lead to an 85 % diversion of waste materials from the landfill. Also featured for reduced light pollution.
Bank of Astoria

Manzanita, OR

Tom Bender, AIA

Contact: Tom Bender, Architect
(503) 368-6294

Winner of the 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. His design benefits from daylighting, and only uses high-efficiency flourescent lighting 1/4 of its occupied time.
Bay of Fires Lodge

Mount William
National Park
Tasmania, Australia

Ken Latona, Architect

Contact: Bay of Fires Lodge
(+61) 03 6391 9339

The lodge is reached by foot at the end of a four-day trek through the reserve. The buildingÕs location was placed with sensitivity to aboriginal remains and visible location. Featured in Architectural Record.
Brengel Technology Center

Milwaukee, WI

Tom Bender, AIA

Contact: Johnson Controls, owner

LEED Certified Pilot Project showcasing advanced building control technologies that maximize energy efficiency and IAQ. LEED recognized for measurement and varification.
Camp Arroyo

Livermore, CA

Siegel & Strain Architects

Contact: Henry Siegel
(510) 457-8092

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects with Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA. Design is used for middle school aged children and ill children, building was designed with bathhouses made of stabilized earth and straw-bale building for dinning hall. Solar panels for water heating and backup radiant heat. operable clerestory windows used to keep cool. Biological wastewater treatment system.
Claiborne & Churchill Winery

San Luis Obispo, CA

Habitat Studio

Contact: Marilyn Miller Farmer, AIA
(805) 544-6075

Built in 1995 and occupied in January of 1996, the Claiborne & Churchill Winery is an environmentally sustainable and energy efficient building and the first commercial strawbale building in California.

The 2,600 s.f. winery requires no heating or cooling due to the passive solar design and the high insulation value of the rice strawbale walls, a considerable energy and economic savings both initially as well as over its long expected lifetime of over fifty years. The strawbale walls were built during an old-fashioned barn raising party not only bringing down construction labor costs but also providing opportunity for community gathering and cooperation, a warm welcome for the winery to its new location.
Edificio Malecon

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Contact: Ripley Rasmus
(314) 421-2000

2002 winner of AIA Top Ten Green Projects. The 125,000 square-foot office building was a reclaimed brownfield site. It has a long and narrow slab to minimize solar gain on the structure. North and south ends have a high-performance curtain wall to minimize solar gain. Floors are flexible to allow for a variety of uses in the future.
Ford Rouge Center

Dearborn Truck Plant
Dearborn, MI

William McDonaugh + Partners
Roger Schickedantz

Contact: William McDonaugh + Partners
(434) 979-1111

The center of the building has a 10 acre vegetative roof. This is the largest in the world.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Pittsburgh, PA

Gardner + Pope Architects

Contact: Gardner + Pope
(412) 460-FOOD

LEED recognized for Recycled Content and IAQ management during construction. LEED Silver Pilot Project. recycled materials include reinforcing steel, structural stee, metal framing, ceramic tile flooring, sheet flooring, asphalt paving, gypsum wall board, celing grid and tiles, and toilet partitions.
Kandalama Hotel

Damulla, Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawa

Contact: Aitken Spence Hotels, Ltd.

LEED Bronze Pilot Project. 162-room hotel resort located on picturesque site with dense vegetation. Exemplary for reduced site disturbance. Roof water routed to treatment plant and returned as potable. Biologically treated wastewater is reused for irrigation. 80% planted roof reduces heat islands, adds insulation. Solar water heaters, natural lighting in open corridors.
King Street Center

Seattle, WA

Contact info. being updated

LEED recognized for Water Use Reduction, this office building houses several departments of county government. Designed to collect rainwater and store in tanks.
KSBA Architects Office Building

Pittsburgh, PA

KSBA Architects

(412) 252-1500

LEED Certified Pilot Project located in Lawrenceville Section of Pittsburgh. Renovation project of an 1888 building and part of neighborhood redevelopment program. Entire shell of building was reused, as well as 90% of the interior millwork.

The Lovejoy Mixed Use

Portland, OR


720 NW Davis, Suite 300
Portland, Oregon 97209
Telephone: 503-221-1121

The Lovejoy is a nine-story, 280,000 SF mixed-use building in Portland’s thriving Pearl District that achieved LEED CS GOLD certification. It features a retail shell on the ground level, with four levels of above-ground parking (380 stalls), and three levels of flex commercial office space with an “eco-garden” roof terrace. The ground floor building shell was designed to feature Safeway, the anchor tenant, and to fill the need for a grocery store in the Pearl District.


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Monsato Company Life Sciences Incubator

St. Louis, MO

Contact: Monsato Company
Contact info. being updated

LEED Silver Project featured for water efficient landscaping through rainwater collection, as well as using local materials where possible. 2/3 of the materials for the project were sourced from within 300 miles of the site.
National Wildlife Federation Headquaters

Reston, VA

William Hellmuth, FAIA

Contact: William Hellmuth
(202) 339-8700

2002 winner of AIA Top Ten Green Projects. Building is 100,00 square-feet and serves 300 employees. Native plantings support local wildlife and reduce the need for irrigation and frequent mowing. Building also capitalizes on solar energy sources. All this is accomplished with a low end budget.
NW Federal Credit Union

Seattle, WA

(206) 440-9000

Commercial office facility houseing NWFCU bank. Highlighted by LEED for daylighting design.
Oquirrh Park Speed Skating Oval

Salt Lake City, UT

Contact: ARUP

LEED Certified Pilot Project that hosted the 2002 Olympics. Cable suspension roof system reduced enclosed volume, resulting in smaller HVAC system and costs, less material usage and less cost in steel.
Paseo Colorado Project

Pasadena, CA

Contact: City of Pasadena
(626) 744-3374

Combined retail space and 400 retail apartments to revitalize an area of downtown.
Pier 1 Corporate Offices

San Francisco, CA

Dan Cheetham, AIA

Contact: Dan Cheetham
(415) 546-0400

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. Project transformed a dilapidated warehouse into a class A office space with an acre of new public open space. Building uses green materials, natural light and clean air for the occupants. Radiant tubes in floor slabs for heating and cooling.
Phillips EcoEnterprise Center

Minneapolis, MN

The Green Institute, Inc.

Contact: Joyce Wisdom

Mixed-use building that houses organizations, consultants and manufacturers involved with environmental and energy efficiency issues. Highlighted by LEED for its stormwater management and reuse of resources. Materials reused were bricks, sinks, fire extinguisher cabinets, furniture, doors, and windows, and structural members from a demolished warehouse. Is also designed for disassemble.

Phillip Merrill Environmental Headquarters

Annapolis, MD

SmithGroup, Inc.

Contact: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, owner
Contact info. being updated

LEED Platinum Pilot Project. Landscape and exterior design reduces heat islands. Recycled metal roof reflects heat and light, parking lots are gravel, fire access road is grass paved, 120 new trees were planted. Water recovery system, composting toilets reduce potable water use and sewage volume. Photovoltaic sunshades and crystaline photovoltaic skylights are used to generate energy.
PNC Firstside Center

Pittsburgh, PA

L. D. Astorino Companies

Contact: PNC Bank, owner
Contact info. being updated

LEED Silver Project, addresses transportation and HVAC issues. Combines underfloor air dist. with conventional VAV system.
Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (Islandwood)

Seattle, WA

Bert Gregory, AIA

Contact: Bert Gregory
(206) 623-7005

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects Award. Wastewater is treated on site and reused, rainwater in collected for irrigation and other uses. Photovoltaic cells provide more then half of the power. Rooftop solar hot water panels reduce hot water demand by fifty percent. Ventilation replaces air conditioning, high-efficiency flourescent lighting with photocells reduces energy use.
Rosebud Agency

P.O. Box 170429
San Francisco, CA 94117

Occidental Power
Greg Kennedy

Contact: Mike Kappus, owner
(415) 386-3456

Converted company headquarters to 100% solar power. His initial investment was cut in half by government funded rebates for alternative energy. The company also sells back excess clean power back to the utility.
The Solar Living Center

Hopland, CA

Gaiam Real Goods

Contact: The Solar Living Institute
(707) 744-2017

A retail facility, learning center, and demo building for Real Goods Trading Center. High recycled content in materials, low embodied energy. Straw-bale walls and pressed strawboard.
Southern California Gas Company, Energy Resource Center

Downey, CA

Energy Resource Center

Contact: Energy Resource Center
(562) 803-7400

LEED Certified Pilot Project, efficient lighting, cooling and architectural technologies exceed Title 24 by 38%. The technology used in this building makes it 40% more energy efficient than comparable buildings.
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