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The 2008 Energy Efficiency Integration Awards (EEIA) Winners

Water + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B. Mothers’ Club Family Learning CenterNorth Central Animal Services Center - Photo Credit: Lawrence AndersonSanta Monica Public Library
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Water + Life Museums - Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks; Tom Lamb; Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

North Central Animal Services Center - Photo Credit: Lawrence Anderson

Santa Monica Public Library

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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  • Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center
  • Mothers' Club Family and Learning Center

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
    Owner/Submitted By: Mothers’ Club Family and Learning Center
    Location: Pasadena, CA
    Citation Award

    To help prepare families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life, the 10,000 square foot Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center was completely renovated to allow more flexibility for a variety of activities and programs. This is the first preschool nationwide to register for LEED® Gold certification. The center is accessible from five public bus lines and the parking lot has preferred parking for low emitting, fuel efficient vehicles and carpools.

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  • North Central Animal Services Center - Photo Credit: Lawrence Anderson
  • North Central Animal Services Center

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Barton Choy, AIA, ChoyAssociates
    Owner/Submitted By: City of Los Angeles
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Citation Award

    The North Central Animal Services Center underwent an $8.1 million expansion including 74,200 square feet for 170 outdoor dog kennels, various small animal holding facilities, a detached behavioral assessment room and new training yards. The facility that was originally an animal warehouse is now a sustainable and energy-efficient community center focused on facilitating successful animal adoptions.

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  • Santa Monica Public Library
  • Santa Monica Public Library

    Year: 2008
    Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
    Owner/Submitted By: City of Santa Monica
    Location: Santa Monica, CA
    Citation Award

    The Santa Monica Public Library is a 109,000-square-foot facility with one key concept: to be a model of a twenty-first century library that serves as a “living room” for the city. The library’s principal elevation incorporates a long, narrow, two-story reading room with floor to ceiling windows. The library includes an enclosed garden court that serves as a social gathering place with controlled access and Internet connectivity.

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