Livable Buildings Awards Finalists 2014

This year's honorable mention is an adaptive reuse office in Phoenix.

A total of eight buildings met the criteria to be considered for the 2014 awards. These buildings provide the highest level of occupant comfort and experience according to the CBE occupant survey results.

In addition to this year’s winner, the jury recognized the following high-performing project:

DPR Construction Southwest Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ
Honorable Mention

The net-zero Phoenix Headquarters of DPR Construction repurposed an existing building, keeping much of the original fabric as part of the sustainable approach. The building exhibits dozens of innovative low energy design ideas, including roll-up doors, ceiling fans, photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, a living green screen, and a “solar chimney” with high-level operable windows and evaporative cooling towers for passive cooling.

One juror summed up the project nicely: "The use of various passive design techniques in a harsh climate is laudable and they’ve been able to do so while still creating interesting and different types of spaces adjacent to the outdoors."

View the project submittal (pdf) >>
View project survey results (pdf) >>

Project Team
Owner/General Contractor: DPR Construction
Sustainability Consultant: DNV GL
Structural Engineer: PK Associates, LLC
Mechanical Engineer: SmithGroupJJR
Electrical Engineer: SmithGroupJJR

Additional Finalists
Six additional buildings met the requirements for consideration, and some submitted the following brochures. These projects all show exceptional performance in terms of indoor environmental quality as shown by CBE's occupant survey.

Aweber Communications >>
Chalfont, PA

Germantown Academy
Fort Washington, PA

Gloria Marshall Elementary School >>
Spring, TX

Mark Twain Elementary School >>
Alvin, TX

RTKL Miami Office >>
Miami, FL

Webcor San Diego Office
San Diego, CA

Livable Buildings Award

DPR Southwest Headquarters exterior.
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Livable Buildings Award

DPR's office includes an open floor plan and operable windows. Images courtesy of DPR Construction.