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Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

© Liam Frederick
© Liam Frederick
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA
  • Design Director: Mark Kranz
  • Project Manager: Eddie Garcia
  • Project Architect: Joshua Vacca
  • Designer: Justin Trexler, Carrie Perrone
  • Photographs: Liam Frederick, Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Liam Frederick © Liam Frederick

2013 Great Places Award Winners Announced

Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have been named winners of the 2013 Great Places Awards and were honored during the 44th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) earlier this month. The EDRA Great Places Awards recognizes professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form and human activity or experience.

The winners after the break...

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care Proposal / SmithGroupJJR

Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital, the SmithGroupJJR designed Center for Advanced Care is the first of a planned two-phase building program that will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health, and ambulatory surgery services. With completion expected for early 2015, the architects are striving for a building that is a response to the needs of their community. Not only does this building reflect the personality of their organization, but it will give them a platform to transform how they deliver care to their patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Headquarters / SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Detroit, MI, USA
  • Area: 4366.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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Madonna University - Franciscan Center for Science and Media / SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Livonia, MI, USA
  • Area: 6038.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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Henry Ford Health System / SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Area: 840.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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Central Michigan University Events Center / SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Area: 6741.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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BAE Systems - Sterling Heights Facility / SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby
University of Minnesota Duluth – Bagley Classroom Building / Salmela Architect © Paul Crosby

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. Now in its 16th year, the COTE Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The highlighted projects are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They have made a positive contribution to their communities, improved comfort for building occupants and reduced environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. All the projects will be honored at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, next month in Washington, D.C. Continue after the break to review the top ten green projects.