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The 2008 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

The New Children’s Museum San Diego - Photo Credit: Brighton NoyingWater + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B.
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The New Children’s Museum San Diego - Photo Credit: Brighton Noying

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

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.

  • The New Children’s Museum San Diego - Photo Credit: Brighton Noying
  • The New Children's Museum

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA
    Owner/Submitted By: The New Children’s Museum
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Award of Honor

    The Children’s Museum has always been a freewheeling learning and exploration place based on innovative fine art rather than designed educational exhibits. With that in mind, museum leaders and the design team wanted a building with the feel of an artist’s loft. The new 50,000-square-foot facility is a contemporary warehouse in an urban setting that responds well to the climate by retaining heat in the winter and staying cool longer during the summer.

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  • 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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