ATLANTA – Buildings designed for a range of occupant types and uses, including penguins, patients, skaters, students, government employees, and water testers, are being recognized for innovative design with ASHRAE Technology Awards.

The awards recognize achievements by ASHRAE members and building owners who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ and serve to communicate innovative system designs. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards. First place awards are presented at the ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference, Jan. 24-28, in Chicago. Following are the nine projects receiving first place honors:

William C. Weinaug Jr., vice president, exp U.S. Services Inc., Maitland, Florida, received first place in the existing industry facilities or processes category for the Antarctica Empire of the Penguin animal exhibit and ride attraction, Orlando, Florida. The facility is owned by Sea World Parks and Entertainment Inc.

Kateri Héon, Ing., project manager, and Pietro Guerra, Ing., mechanical-electrical director, exp, Montreal, received first place in the existing other institutional buildings category for Centre Civique de Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. The building is owned by the Ville de Dollard-des-Ormeaux. The 225,000-square-foot building features three NHL regulation-size skating rinks, swimming pools, the town’s city hall and library, and a cultural center.

Benjamin Frank Gozart, engineer, Tom Marseille, managing director; WSP; Charles Chaloeicheep, WSP Built Ecology, Seattle; and Tom Boysen Jr., senior project manager, Sellen Construction, Seattle; received first place in the new commercial buildings category for Federal Center South, Building 12021, Seattle. The building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration. Federal Center South is a three-story, 209,000-square-foot facility with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District as the exclusive tenant.

Jason Troy LaRosh, mechanical engineer, Angus-Young Associates, Janesville, Wisconsin, received first place in the existing public assembly category for the Janesville Ice Arena addition and renovation. The building is owned by the City of Janesville.

Mark Stavig, principal, CDi+Maz-zetti, Lynnwood, Washington, received first place in the health care facilities category for Peace Island Medical Center, San Juan Island, Washington. The building, a 40,000-square-foot high-performance, critical-access hospital and clinic containing 10 inpatient beds, emergency and imaging areas, surgery departments, and an ambulatory outpatient clinic with a cancer care center is owned by PeaceHealth.

Matthew William Longsine, associate, and Henry Di Gregorio, senior vice president, WSP, Seattle, received first place in the other institutional buildings category for the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, Washington. The building is owned by the National Development Council, HEDC Public-Private Partnerships on behalf of the city of Tacoma. The 51,000-square-foot lab facility functions as a shared research facility for the city of Tacoma, the University of Washington, and Puget Sound Partnership. It focuses on receiving and analyzing water samples from the waterways of Tacoma and surrounding areas.

Brian Haugk, mechanical principal, and Brian Cannon, mechanical senior associate, Hargis Engineers Inc., Seattle, received first place in the educational facilities category for Valley View Middle School, Snohomish, Washington. The school is owned by Snohomish School District No. 201.

Roger (Jui-Chen) Chang, BEMP, principal and director of engineering and sustainability, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Washington, District of Columbia, received first place in the existing commercial buildings category for the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colorado. The 1918 landmark building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, Rocky Mountain Region, and was completed by WRL with The Beck Group.

Art Sutherland, president, Accent Refrigeration Systems, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, received first place in the public assembly category for the Westhills Recreation Center, Langford, British Columbia, Canada. The building is owned by the city of Langford. The 75,000-square-foot recreation facility includes a NHL-size indoor ice rink, an outdoor ice rink, a skating trail joining the two together, a bowling alley, offices, and a restaurant.

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Publication date: 1/26/2015 

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