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The 2008 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

Water + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B. Francis Parker School - Photo: Paul Hester and Hewitt/Garrison Photograph
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Water + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA

Francis Parker School - Photo: Paul Hester and Hewitt/Garrison Photography

For their achievement in combining architectural elegance with sustainability and energy efficiency, seven California nonresidential projects received awards of recognition from the 2008 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards program.

Every year, the recognition program, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric®, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company and Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in conjunction with The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), acknowledges the extra time and effort it takes to successfully integrate architectural excellence and energy efficiency.

This year, one project stood out among the rest to take the top recognition level – Award of Honor. Two other outstanding projects received Awards of Merit and four noteworthy projects received special citations.

The jurors commented that the best projects respond well to climate and have an excellent contextual response to their surrounding area, while maintaining maximum comfort. They added that a building’s expression is what sets it apart as award-winning sustainable design.

  • Water + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B.
  • Water + Life Museums

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build
    Owner/Submitted By: Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology and The Center for Water Education
    Location: Hemet, CA
    Award of Merit

    Water + Life Museums, the first LEED®-Platinum rated museum, celebrates the link between Southern California’s water infrastructure and the evolution of life with a 65,000-square-foot facility in the California desert. The educational museums are designed as living examples of environmental sustainability. The facility contains museum exhibit space, laboratories, classrooms, administrative offices, support facilities, gift shops, café, interior plaza and interpretive landscaping.

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  • Francis Parker School - Photo: Paul Hester and Hewitt/Garrison Photograph
  • Francis Parker School

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
    Owner/Submitted By: Francis Parker School
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Award of Merit

    The new Francis Parker Middle and Upper School, accommodating 800 students, creates an environmentally responsible atmosphere for learning that centers on the student experience. Located atop a mesa overlooking San Diego’s Mission Valley, Francis Parker School connects to the outdoors, responds well to the climate and embraces the school’s educational environment of learning outside the classroom. The new design creates 60,000 square feet of academic space with 32 classrooms, 11 laboratories and a library.

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