AIA Top Ten Green Buildings for 2014

April 22, 2014

The American Institute of Architects Committee On The Environment has announced its top ten green buildings for 2014.  In its 18th year, the award’s winners highlight the unique synergy between the built and the natural environment.

Arizona State University Student Health Services, Tempe, Arizona

Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow

Arizona State University Health ServicesThe Arizona State University (ASU) Health Services Building is an adaptive reuse project that transformed the existing sterile and inefficient clinic into a clearly organized, efficient, and welcoming facility.  The building’s energy performance is 49% below ASHRAE 90.1-2007, exceeding the current target of the 2030 Challenge.  The facility achieved LEED Platinum certification and is one of the best energy performers on campus.

Bud Clark Commons, Portland, Oregon

Holst Architecture

As a centerpiece of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, this LEED Platinum project provides a continuum of services to help transition homeless individuals toward stable, permanent living arrangements.  Sustainable features include large-scale graywater recycling, zero stormwater runoff, solar hot water, and a high-performance envelope, resulting in energy savings estimated at $60,000 annually.

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn, New York

Kiss + Cathcart, Architects

This project is the first phase of the transformation of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a decaying industrial strip to a multifaceted public park.  The design team integrated a program of playfields, public meeting rooms, classrooms, and park maintenance facilities, into a city-block sized site.  Amenities include ground source heat pump wells, rainwater harvest and storage, and drip irrigation.  A solar trellis produces half the total energy used in the building.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Modernization, Portland, Oregon

SERA Architects in association with Cutler Anderson Architects

The project’s goal was to transform the existing building from an aging energy hog to one of the premiere environmentally-friendly buildings in the nation.  With a unique facade of “reeds”, light shelves and sunshades designed by orientation, and a roof canopy that supports a 180 kW photovoltaic array while collecting rainwater, EGWW pushes the boundaries for innovative sustainable design strategies.

Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, New York


The SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry Gateway Center is a striking symbol of environmental stewardship and climate action leadership.  This LEED Platinum campus center meets ESF’s goal of reducing the overall carbon footprint of the campus through net positive renewable energy production, while creating a combined heat and power plant and intensive green roof that serve as hands-on teaching and research tools.

John & Frances Angelos Law Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross

The Law Center at the University of Baltimore is a highly sustainable and innovative structure that strives to reduce reliance on energy and natural resources, minimizing its dependence on mechanical ventilation and artificial lighting of interiors.  This is part of a larger comprehensive effort  on the part of the A/E team to approach sustainability from a more holistic vantage point from the outset of the project.

Sustainability Treehouse, Glen Jean, West Virginia

Design Architect: Mithun; Executive Architect/Architect of Record: BNIM

Visitors to the forest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve ascend indoor and outdoor platforms to experience the forest from multiple vantages and engage with educational exhibits that explore the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy and sky. Innovative green building systems—including a 6,450-watt output photovoltaic array, two 4,000-watt wind turbines, and a 1,000-gallon cistern and water cleansing system—combine to yield a net-zero energy and net-zero water facility that touches its site lightly.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters, Los Altos, California


For the last two decades, as The Packard Foundation’s grant making programs expanded locally and worldwide, staff and operations have been scattered in buildings throughout the city.  This project enhances proximity and collaboration while renewing the Foundation’s commitment to the local community by investing in a downtown project intended to last through the end of the 21st century.

US Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minnesota

Snow Kreilich Architects, Inc.

This LEED Gold certified Land Port of Entry is the first to employ a ground source heat pump system.  Sustainably harvested cedar was used on the entire exterior envelope, canopies and some interior walls and 98% of all wood on the project is FSC certified.  Additionally 22% of the material content came from recycled materials and 91% of all work areas have access to daylight.  Rainwater collection, reconstructed wetlands and native plantings address resource and site-specific responses.

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colorado

Design Architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky and Architect of Record, The Beck Group

This project aims to be GSA’s first Site Net-Zero Energy facility on the National Register.  Features include a roof canopy-mounted 123 kW photovoltaic array, variable-refrigerant flow heating and cooling systems, 32-well passive Geo-Exchange system, a thermally upgraded enclosure, energy recovery, wireless controls, fluorescent and LED lighting, and post-occupancy monitoring.

Source: American Institute of Architects

Photos by: Bill Timmerman, Bruce Forster, and Paul Crosby




Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.