Sunday, July 20, 2008

Green Architecture

It was not long ago that many architects dismissed the "green" label for architecture. It seemed a fad. For many the principles were so basic that it was common sense. Well it seems that it is not a fad, but a new wave. Dozens of cities across the nation have codified green design guides. Multiple non-government organizations have proposed standards. The USGBC has LEED. The Green Building Initative has Green Globes. Almost every professional association of manufacturers has some committee or marketing arm showing how their members are sustainable or environment friendly. Even Walmart has caught the vision. The federal government has gotten into the act with an expansion of their Energy Star program. The Department of Energy has become more vocal about their myriad programs.

Green design is the wave of the future. Our challenge as architects is to not just slap it together but coordinate all the components into a coherent whole.
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Recent Architectural Projects

  • 2013-2017 NASA Fuel Farm ~$4m
  • 2016-2017 Yuma Range Towers
  • 2015-2017 SBIAA Hangar 763 improvements ~ $3.5m
  • 2016-2017 Beale AFB Building B1210/B1214 2nd floor ~2.2m
  • 2015-2016 VBA Wilshire 2nd floor, GSA ~$4m