Two Area Projects Named in COTE Top 10
The national AIA has named its Commitee on the Environment Top 10 environmentally sensitive projects for 2014, the COTE Top 10. Of those, Baltimore is represented, with the John & Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, as was Glen Jean, W.Va., with the Sustainability Treehouse.
The John & Frances Angelos Law Center—submitted by Behnisch Architekten in association with Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore—located at the prominent intersection of Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street, functionally and symbolically defines the Law School as an academic and social nexus, offering state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities while fostering an interactive, communicative environment for collaboration among students, faculty, and administrators. [Read more]
The Sustainability Treehouse—with Mithun as design architect and BNIM as executive architect—is an interactive interpretive and gathering facility in the forest. As a Boy Scouts of America/Trinity Works project, it is an icon of outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and high performance building design. It provides dynamic educational and gathering spaces for exploring and understanding the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy, and sky. It captures the wonder of childhood adventure and places environmental education at the forefront of meaningful and immersive outdoor experiences for thousands of annual visitors. [Read more]
The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment. Entries are examined in regard to their design and innovation, integration with their community, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, approach to light and air, materials and construction, long-life considerations, and iterative feedback.