Solar Garden Sells Out Power Before Construction


(07/09/2014)
Set to begin construction this fall, the country’s largest solar garden has already sold out all of its electricity in a deal that could set a precedent for public/private partnerships and achieving sustainability goals.
 

Louisiana School Wins National Energy Efficiency Competition

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/09/2014)
Upgrades to facility controls and the energy management system (EMS) at Claiborne Elementary in Baton Rouge helped the school win the Energy Star National Building Competition, Battle of the Buildings.
 

Minneapolis Ranks First in Green Building

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/01/2014)
Minneapolis is outpacing other U.S. cities for green commercial space and green commercial real estate. According to a study from CBRE Group and Maastricht University, almost 30 percent of all buildings and 77 percent of square footage built in the city between 2005 and 2013 qualified as green.

NYU Scraps Rebuild for Sustainable Renovations

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/01/2014)
NYU has overhauled plans to turn a dilapidated building in Brooklyn into a futuristic steel structure with a glass curtain. While the university plans to move forward with a five-year construction plan starting in 2015, it has opted for eco-friendly renovations instead of rebuilding the 500,000-square-foot structure.
 

Florida International University Boasts Innovative Rooftop Design


(06/20/2014)
The design of the new School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) building at Florida International University (FIU) has students, the community and spectators talking. The school’s location in Miami, a city known for international trade and finance, provides a living laboratory for students to not just study international affairs, but actually live and breathe them.

Golisano Center Masters Sustainability and Science


(06/20/2014)
A comprehensive science facility poses unique challenges for any builder looking to achieve LEED Gold. But William Duquin, construction manager for Niagara University in Lewiston, was able to pull together the resources needed to make the new B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences one of the most environmentally responsible education facilities in the U.S.

Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital Sets Precedent in California


(06/18/2014)
The Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital is the first of its kind to become LEED Gold certified in California, according an announcement made Tuesday.

MaineGeneral Second in Nation to Achieve LEED Gold


(06/18/2014)
A 644,000-square-foot hospital in Augusta, Maine, is the first health care facility in Maine and second in the nation to be built successfully to 2010 LEED gold for health care standards.

Lord Aeck Sargent Architects Welcome Students Home


(06/11/2014)
Architects for The Towers at Young Harris College (YHC) in Young Harris, Ga., have made strides to help their contemporary design become LEED-certified using proven green strategies and products while also incorporating a progressive housing concept.

Qatar’s Green Convention Center Sets the Bar in Middle East


(06/11/2014)
It’s hard to miss. With 880,000 square feet, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is the largest convention center in the Middle East. In its first year, the facility hosted 212 events and welcomed more than 150,000 visitors and delegates.