Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) has received two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Design Awards, which celebrate integrating design excellence with environmental performance. The firm has now received a total of ten COTE Top Ten Awards.
“Radically reducing the resource consumption and carbon emissions of our buildings and communities is one of the most critical challenges of our time,” principal William Leddy says. He believes it is an issue that architects “have a profound responsibility to address through integrated design thinking.”
The two projects that received accolades were the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House in Mission Bay, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Institute at Fort Mason. Family House provides free temporary housing to the parents of children receiving treatment at the University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital. The design team focused on providing healthy and healing living spaces, and the project was certified LEED Platinum with an energy performance 49% above the national baseline performance for a similar building type.
For the new campus of the San Francisco Art Institute, LMSA renovated the U.S. Army warehouse Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. It uses attributes of the historic building such as the thermal mass of existing concrete walls to achieve 83% less energy use than benchmark buildings, making it a model for sustainable renovation.