Thursday, April 20, 2006

UT School of Nursing, Houston in top 10 U.S. Green Projects

School of Nursing & Student Community Center in Houston
BNIM Architects, Kansas City, Mo. & Lake/Flato Architects, San Antonio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

The School of Nursing design team became stewards of the vision established by University leadership for a nursing school and student community center designed to be state-of-the-art for learning, research, student service and workplace. The resulting building reduces the use of energy, polluting chemicals, cleaning agents, potable water and other resources.

“Fast Facts” about UT's School of Nursing
and Student Community Center

Jury Comments: “This was a programmatically complex project on a difficult and dense site. They had to combine a lot of human and high tech functions. I like that they set this building up to get greener; there is a framework for photovoltaics when they can afford it. I think we should all be thinking about designing buildings that can adapt over time.”

The projects will be honored on May 3 during a presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington and again in June at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles.

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