National Renewable Energy Laboratory / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Golden, CO,
Team Members: , JE Dunn Construction
Area: 182,500 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

© Liam Frederick

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

2013 Great Places Award Winners Announced

Northerly Island / + SmithGroupJJR

Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have been named winners of the 2013 and were honored during the 44th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) earlier this month. The EDRA 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

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Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate 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.

Studio Gang Breaks Ground on Ecologically Diverse Urban Mecca

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For the past several years the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago have been working on appropriate uses for , a 91-acre man-made peninsula in Chicago, Illinois. The lakefront site branches off from Museum Campus, a section along Lake Michigan that is home to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Serving as an expansion to these cultural programs, Studio Gang Architects, in collaboration with SmithGroupJJR, have created an innovative design that integrates educational, cultural, social, and recreational activities into Northerly Island.

Read more about Northerly Island’s future after the break!

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Headquarters / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Detroit, MI,
Area: 4,366 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Madonna University – Franciscan Center for Science and Media / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , MI,
Area: 6,038 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Henry Ford Health System / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Michigan,
Area: 840 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Central Michigan University Events Center / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Michigan,
Area: 6,741 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

BAE Systems – Sterling Heights Facility / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

AIA Selects the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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

The American Institute of Architects () and its Committee on the Environment () have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions. Now in its 16th year, the 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.

Cranbrook Art Museum / SmithGroup JJR

© Jim Haefner

Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: , Michigan,
Contractor: Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Project Size: Collections Addition – 31,200 GSF
Construction Completion: November 2011
Project Design: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP, ice president and project designer
Project Team: Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP – project designer; Kevin Shultis, AIA, LEED AP – project manager; Ryan Smith, AIA, LEED AP – project architect; Darin Daguanno, AIA, LEED AP; Terry Guitar, AIA, LEED AP; Frank Muehlenbein; Frank Weber, AIA; Mark Goyette; Ben Motyl; Tom O’Connor, FAIA; Jared Lawrence, AIA, CDT; Andrew Dunlap, AIA, CDT, LEED AP; Meredith Steckling, AIA, CDT, LEED Green Associate; Jerry Carter
Photographs: Jim Haefner, Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR