Dane Englert
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The awards recognize outstanding leadership and innovation for green buildings in Arizona.

USGBC Arizona is happy to announce the winners of the seventh annual Heavy Medals Awards. The awards recognize leadership and innovation for buildings in Arizona that have achieved LEED certification or have been an outstanding example of sustainable innovation and building design.

The awardees were selected from a group of project submissions of LEED-certified buildings and sustainable organizations in Arizona across several categories. The categories included new construction projects, existing buildings, schools, innovative design, residential projects and health care projects, community champion and organization of the year.

Heavy Medals Award winners

Green Leader: Organization of the Year—Lincoln Property Company

As real estate developers, Lincoln Property Company is a Silver member of USGBC. The company provides a value-added service by supporting the sustainable commercial built environment and valuing the importance of building energy-efficient buildings. It leads by example in this industry and continues to evolve with USGBC and its mission. Lincoln Property Company, the owners of a local portfolio of 21 properties, are committed to LEED-certified buildings across the entire state of Arizona.

Community Champion—City of Phoenix

The city of Phoenix has become one of the first to achieve LEED for Cities Platinum certification. Cities are evaluated on 14 key metrics that include energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity and equitability. LEED for Cities performance is tracked through Arc, a digital platform that connects actions and tracks progress using a performance score.

Phoenix’s LEED Platinum certification recognizes the city’s commitment in creating a sustainable and resilient built environment, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy innovation and focusing on inclusive prosperity and livability.

Innovative Design, New Construction—Palmaire

Five custom LEED-certified homes built by Urban Fabric Builders achieved 102.5 points to earn the highest certification level, LEED Platinum. These homes feature stunning views of Piestawa Peak, rooftop solar, zero energy ready design and a HERS rating of 23.

Innovative Design, New Construction—Arizona State University Student Pavilion

Situated at the nexus of student activity and pedestrian traffic on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University (ASU), the Student Pavilion is managed and operated by students with assistance from resident staff. Here, students experience campus life through performances, study and social interaction, all in a building that demonstrates mindful design and construction and a healthy environment.

Students receive the benefit of natural daylight throughout the building and views across campus. An exterior physical connection to Orange Mall, the major pedestrian spine and activity corridor of the campus, is provided via a southern roof terrace that doubles as the building’s solar shading facade.

As part of ASU’s carbon neutrality commitment, the Student Pavilion aims to become the university’s first and largest net zero energy building. Powered by an adjacent photovoltaic array in conjunction with a 134.5kW building mounted array, the pavilion was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification.

Innovative Design, New Construction—AC Hotel Tucson

This project is one of the first dozen AC hotels approved by Marriott in the United States. As new construction, the target is to be the highest ranked, if not the first, LEED-certified hotel in Tucson. This 136-room hotel features a contemporary design for rooms and public spaces. The urban site allowed the project team to capitalize on the Sustainable Sites category, achieving 22 out of 26 points.

With the site on a streetcar line and proximity to the Ronstadt transit center, the team was also able to achieve an additional point for Innovation in Design: Public Transportation Access. The contractor was able to maximize the credits for Construction Waste Management (75 percent diverted from landfill), Recycled Content and Regional Materials.

The project achieved 9 of 15 indoor environmental quality points, including the Views credit. It also earned 5 of 6 Innovation and Design Process points, including Low Mercury Lighting, with LEDs making up 100 percent of the facility's lighting.

Mountain Region Environments—Pappas Residence

The Casona de Pappas project combines regional roots with Mediterranean travel. It has a sustainable design ideology celebrating conservation and exploration. The innovative design includes strategic site selection, solar orientation, solar PV, site stewardship, plant protection and material reuse, and rainwater harvesting coupled with extensive water conservation.

The landscape palette includes edible plants for food production and drought-tolerant species for water conservation, and it avoids invasive species. This plant palette allowed for a 45 percent reduction in irrigation use. Water conservation was further achieved through the holistic design of passive rainwater harvesting across the site, draining into a 6,000 gallon underground cistern bellow the back patio, paired with a greywater system draining into a 500-gallon underground cistern near bicycle racks.

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