Henry W Bloch Executive Hall at University / BNIM + Moore Ruble Yudell

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Architects: BNIM , Moore Ruble Yudell
Location: City, MO,
Area: 68,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Ewing

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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

The American Institute of Architects () 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.

Architecture City Guide: Kansas City

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed City. With more boulevards than any other city except Paris, City is commonly called “Paris of the Plains.” Although its architecture might not rival Paris, there is plenty of great architecture, and as always it was difficult to keep our list to only 12 designs. City is also the headquarters of this year’s AIA National Firm Award, BNIM. Take a look at the list and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: list and corresponding map after the break.

AD Interviews: Steve McDowell / BNIM

During the 2011 AIA Convention in New Orleans we had the chance to sit down and talk with Steve McDowell, Principal and Director of Design of BNIM, the 2011 Architecture Firm of the Year. BNIM was founded over 40 years ago with a commitment to design excellence. Currently at the top of their game the City, Missouri headquartered firm has worked with high profile architects such as Steven Holl to produce the multi-award winning Block Building expansion for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, they have contributed to advancing education of building sustainability with their innovative design of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which is the first project in the world to achieve both ‘Living’ Status and LEED Platinum, and BNIM’s scope of work also includes more rural projects such as the Midwest Retreat.

BNIM, 2011 AIA Firm the Year – Photo courtesy of BNIM

Steven Holl shared, “We selected BNIM Architects because of their focus on innovation, impeccable reputation and stature, but we got much more from them. With the exacting level of care and commitment to Architecture, the collaboration was the best our firm has experienced.”

BNIM’s excellence in design and sustainability has been acknowledge by receiving over 300 design awards on the local, regional, and national level. Their 7 COTE Top Ten Green awards, 3 GSA Design Excellence Awards, 20 honor and design excellence awards by seven different AIA Chapters, and two National AIA Honor Awards is a testament to their process of integration and collaboration with clients and consultants, creating designs that reflect a balance of people, planet and prosperity.

Additional projects by BNIM featured on ArchDaily include:

Top 100 Architecture Firms

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Architect Magazine‘s third-annual ranking of American architecture firms takes a look at three factors: profitability, sustainability, and design quality. This whole picture approach provides an opportunity for small and large firms to go head to head, with a result of the best architecture firms, not necessarily the biggest.

Some of these practices have been featured on ArchDaily like Perkins + Will, , Cannon Design, and .

Take a look at the complete rankings after the break.

Christian Life Center / BNIM

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BNIM, the recipient of the 2011 AIA National Firm Award, designed the Christian Life Center (CLC) hoping that each resident experiences and appreciates the intended qualities of the building—quiet, embracing, community, individuality, nature, frugality, environmental responsibility, stewardship, authenticity and unique beauty. The design team envisions the building contributing to the success of men entering the program.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: BNIM
Location: City, , USA
Project Area: 27,000 sqf
Photographs: Farshid Assassi

The Greater North Charleston Naval Base Memorial / BNIM and Burt Hill

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The City of North approached BNIM and Burt Hill with one challenge – create a unique memorial dedicated to the thousands of their men and women, both military and civilian, who have risked their lives fighting for our country and citizens. Located on the grounds of the former Charleston Naval Base in Riverfront Park, the memorial is organized along a visual timeline using architecture, graphics and landscape to communicate the evolution of three naval vessels built over the course of the Base’s operational years: the Landing Craft, the Submarine and the Destroyer.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: BNIM and Burt Hill
Location: Charleston, South Carolina,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Huff

Freight House Pedestrian Bridge / BNIM

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Once located along the riverfront, the Pencoyd Railroad Bridge was built in 1892 and closed in 1970. Led by BNIM, the recipient of the 2011 National Architecture Firm Award, this historic bridge was relocated in 2006 to a new home where it became part of a new pedestrian link spanning the railroad artery separating the revitalized Crossroads district from popular civic destinations to the south.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: BNIM
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Project Team: TranSystems Corporation
General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Farshid Assassi,

Midwest Retreat / BNIM

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Designed by BNIM, the 2011 National Architecture Firm, the Midwest Retreat is located in rural Iowa.  The retreat was designed as a venue for both social and business gatherings. Because of this dual use, the programmatic relationships and requirements depart in subtle but important ways from that of a typical residence.

Architects: BNIM
Location: Iowa, USA
Structural Engineer: Charles Saul Engineering
General Contractor: W.R. Main
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Assassi Productions