USGBC National Capital Region recognized top green building leaders at its 2016 annual awards.

USGBC National Capital Region announced the recipients of the 2016 Awards of Excellence during the organization’s fourteenth annual A Midsummer Night’s Green event on July 21, 2016 at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Three awards were given to LEED projects in the National Capital Region that exemplify green building practices and principles:

  • LEED Project of the Year Award: Building Design and Construction was presented to VMDO Architects for Jefferson Houston PreK–8 School.
  • LEED Project of the Year Award: Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance was presented to Cushman & Wakefield for the World Wildlife Fund Recertification.
  • LEED Project of the Year Award: Interior Design and Construction was presented to Perkins + Will for the Whitman-Walker Health Center.

USGBC National Capital Region also presented its Notable Green Building Project Award to recognize an exemplary green building outside of the LEED system. This year’s award was presented to Galaxy Homes Inc. for white(out)house.

The community also annually recognizes a firm that inspires the local green building community with its Sustainable Business of the Year Award. This year’s honor went to DPR Construction, a longtime supporter of USGBC National Capital Region that is completing a new net zero office space in Reston, Virginia, this year.

USGBC National Capital Region awarded three Member of the Year Awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our mission. These individuals are Fulya Kocak Gin (Clark Construction), our former board chair who has played an enormous role in transforming and driving forward our organization, and Jessica Long (The JBG Companies) and Kim Pexton (Paladino and Company), our Greenbuild Host Committee co-chairs, under whose enthusiastic leadership we showcased our region to the world during the Greenbuild Conference last year.

Finally, attendees of A Midsummer Night’s Green voted The Greenbuild Legacy Project–The Urban Food Studio the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The Urban Food Studio was nominated by the Capital Area Food Bank.

USGBC National Capital Region developed the awards program to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in sustainable design and construction, to honor businesses that have adopted green practices into their mission and to celebrate chapter members who have advanced sustainability in the National Capital Region. The award recipients were selected by a distinguished panel of leaders from various fields within the local sustainable design community and development industry. This year, the awards ceremony began with inspired remarks by special guest George Bandy, former USGBC Board Chair and Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, on what it takes to be a leader in the green building industry.

More than 300 green building professionals were in attendance to network with and congratulate their peers. A Midsummer Night’s Green was sponsored by GHT LimitedPepcoCushman & WakefieldHartman Design GroupLutronView Dynamic GlassAkridgeBozzutoClark ConstructionDistrict WharfDonohoeDPR ConstructionThe Electrical AllianceErnest Maier Block & BrickGPIInterfaceKnollLegrandHeller and Metzger, PC, and Perkins Eastman DC.

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