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AIA 2008 COTE Awards
April 28, 2008, 10:47 am
Filed under: design

Last week on Earth Day the AIA and it’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced their top ten examples of sustainable architecture. The projects show examples of sustainable architecture that showcases sustainable design principles, reduced energy consumption. The winners are to be honored at the AIA National Convention in Boston coming up.

One of the awards went to a project out of our office! The Pocono Environmental Education and Visitors Center (PEEC) which was designed by our firm and built not too far from our Wilkes-Barre location. The building is a nice example of a modest structure with some green approaches to it. The center functions as a space for meetings, educational activities, and a visitor’s center.

I visited about a year ago and really liked the feature wall out front which is made of old tires cut into strips and attached as a cladding to the front wall facade. The windows in the main gathering space also utilize natural cross and stack ventilation which works great with the orientation of the building on the site. The building is really a nice structure with some unique details and green approaches to it.

You can check out more about the project or the awards at the following link.

To see more pictures including ones of the tire wall follow this link and search under projects and sustainable design for the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) through our company website.

-Jackie, W-B



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