Winners Announced for 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City

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Anyone who lives in or visits New York City is sure to appreciate the varied forms of memorable architecture throughout the city. In recent years, much of the construction going on there has been focusing on high performance, sustainable design. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, with support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, has sponsored the 2008 Green Building Competition for NYC to highlight such green building efforts.

The theme of this year’s competition is integration. “The aim is to highlight and showcase building projects that educate and inspire design excellence around aesthetically pleasing green building practices and

  • Integrate Construction–projects that utilize whole building design principles to optimize utilization of material, natural and financial resources.
  • Integrate Occupancy–projects that incorporate post occupancy concerns into the project’s overall objectives.
  • Integrate Community–projects that incorporate green buildings into the existing landscape and fabric of the community, highlighting environmental, economic, and social contributions.”

The competition was open to architects, artists, community members, environmental designers, landscape architects, and urban designers. Design criteria that had to be met considered the impacts on the site, energy, water, materials, and indoor air quality.

And the winners are…”The Battery Park Conservancy’s maintenance facility, designed by Dattner Architects, and the Visionaire condominium building (pictured here), designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, were selected as this year’s grand prize winners for their exemplary integration of design and sustainability. The maintenance facility sits in the first floor of the Visionaire, under construction between 2nd and 3rd Place and Battery Place and Little West Street in Manhattan’s Battery Park City.

The Bowery Hotel ( 250 Bowery Street ), designed by Flank Inc., Architects, and West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.’s center ( to be built at 459 West 140th Street ), designed by AQC Architects PC, are this year’s winners. Hearst Tower ( 300 West 57th Street ), designed by Foster+Partners, and a condominium building at 1347 Bristow Street in the Bronx, designed by the Community Environmental Center, are this year’s honorable mentions.”

Sources: PLANYC 2030 and Media Newswire

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