Awards for green, effective workplaces
| 14 November 2008
BERKELEY — Four workplaces in the United States that are both ecologically responsible and well-liked by users are recipients of the 2008 Livable Buildings Awards given by the University of California, Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment.
The UC Berkeley center, whose mission is to improve the design, operation and environmental quality of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design techniques, issued its highest Livable Buildings Award this year to the SCA Americas Headquarters, the Philadelphia offices of a global paper products company that occupies three floors of the 28-story Cira Centre. Upon its completion in 2006, the building was one of the first projects to earn the nation's new LEED-CI gold certification for commercial interiors
(Photo by Christopher Barrett of Hedrich Blessing)
The awards jury - made up of Center for the Built Environment industry partners - also recognized three projects for honorable mention.
They include the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, a renovation and adaptation of a historic structure built in 1910, and the Center on Halsted community center in Chicago, Ill., a mixed-use project that combines a Whole Foods grocery store with a non-profit community center that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The jury also gave an honorable mention to a Department of Homeland Security building with LEED gold certification in Omaha, Neb..
Jurors selected the four winning projects from the best-ranked of more than 120 buildings that used the Center for the Built Environment's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey in 2007. Each project earned highly favorable responses from building occupants about many work environment elements, including lighting, thermal comfort, acoustics, indoor air quality and overall satisfaction.
According to Center for the Built Environment surveys, the new office also has enhanced the sense of community among employees, who report bringing friends in frequently to visit the new space.
Survey results and photos of the 2008 Livable Buildings Award winners are online. Information about the occupant survey is on the Center for the Built Environment website.
The center was founded as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center and is guided by an advisory board comprised of architects, engineers, manufacturers, facility managers, contractors, utilities and representatives of government agencies. It initiated the Livable Building Awards in 2007.