Ten sustainable architecture projects have been selected by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) to be honored as examples of a thoroughly integrated approach to design, natural systems, and technology. The 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects will be recognized at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Francisco, April 30–May 2.

The 2009 jury included Michelle Addington, Yale School of Architecture; Brandy Brooks, Assoc. AIA, Community Design Resource Center of Boston; William Leddy, FAIA, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Nadav Malin, BuildingGreen; Kim Shinn, LEED AP, LTLC Engineering for Architecture; and James Timberlake, FAIA, KieranTimberlake Associates.

Celebrating projects that positively contribute to their communities, improve building occupant comfort, and reduce environmental impacts through sustainable design strategies, the COTE Top Ten Projects program is one of the few awards in the industry that evaluates projects based on their quality of design as well as on building performance. Two mixed-use projects have been recognized.

The 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects are:

  • Charles Hostler Student Center in Beirut, Lebanon, by VJAA, Minneapolis—a 204,000-square-foot student center that includes athletic facilities, an auditorium, a cafeteria with study space, and a 200-car underground parking garage.

  • Chartwell School in Seaside, Calif., by EHDD Architecture, San Francisco—a campus that provides a high-performance learning environment for children with language-related learning variations, such as dyslexia, functions as a sustainability teaching tool, and also has a low environmental impact.

  • Gish Apartments in San Jose, Calif., by OJK Architecture and Planning, San Jose—a 35-unit transit-oriented family apartment complex providing quality affordable housing, along with ground-floor retail and service space, that has achieved both LEED for Homes and LEED NC Gold certification.

  • Great River Energy Headquarters in Maple Grove, Minn., by Perkins+Will, Minneapolis—a 166,000-square-foot, four-story concrete frame and glass curtain wall office building for a nonprofit electric utility cooperative that showcases workplace productivity, energy-efficient technologies, and a collaborative culture.

  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill., by Ross Barney Architects, Chicago—a new synagogue that balances the limitations of a small site with an ambitious program that promotes worship, education, and community objectives and achieved LEED Platinum certification.

  • Portola Valley Town Center in Portola Valley, Calif., by Siegel & Strain Architects in partnership with Goring and Straja Architects, both of Emerysville, Calif.—a town center that replaces Portola Valley's original library, community hall, and town hall with a new library, town hall, and community hall on a new site that incorporates the community's input and achieves its goals.

  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio—a LEED Platinum-certified botanical gardens and interpretive nature center that provides hands-on educational opportunities and serves as a facility for study and research of native ecosystems.

  • Synergy at Dockside Green in Victoria, B.C., by Busby Perkins+Will, Vancouver, B.C.—a 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use development on a former brownfield site that includes a nine-story residential tower with ground-floor commercial space, a two-story townhouse building, a six-story building with ground-floor commercial space, and a four-story residential building.

  • The Terry Thomas in Seattle, by Weber Thompson, Seattle—a 40,000-square-foot office building that provides a healthy and creative work environment with strong natural and cultural connections, including ground-floor retail and restaurant space and gathering space in a central courtyard.

  • World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Yarmouth Port, Mass., by designLAB, Boston—a 54,000-square-foot LEED Gold complex of three connected buildings that achieve a low-tech, low-cost, and sustainable solution to project goals. For complete project details, visit www.aiatopten.org/hpb/#2009.