USGBC to be Honored at Reception and Program October 24 at the National Building Museum
"The USGBC has been a primary catalyst in the sustainable design movement, helping 'green' building become a significant trend in design and construction," said Chase Rynd, executive director of the Museum. "As a steadfast advocate of 'green' design, the USGBC stimulates new building technologies and practices. As such, they are a worthy recipient for the Turner Prize. "
"The USGBC is honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO, and founding chair. "Five years ago, when USGBC staff and volunteers created LEED, we never could have imagined the market transformation that would follow. USGBC and LEED bring together the entire building industry in an effort to lead a national consensus on green building."
On Monday, October 24, 2005, the Museum will host an event to honor the USGBC. Following a 6:00 pm reception (sponsored by Turner Construction Company), Richard Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chairman of the USGBC, will formally accept the Prize during a ceremony and public program from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The evening's public program will highlight the importance of the USGBC's contributions to green design and construction through a case study of the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This headquarters of a global biotechnology firm, completed in late 2003, is the largest structure in the world to receive the LEED platinum level rating for new construction -- the highest possible rating. Designed by Behnisch, Behnisch and Partner in Stuttgart, Germany, the 350,000-square-foot, 12-story structure incorporates technological innovations that offer a model for other green high-rise buildings in America.
At the program, Stefan Behnisch, project architect, will give an illustrated presentation of the Genzyme Center. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Richard Fedrizzi. The panel consists of Behnisch, Henri Termeer, president and CEO of Genzyme Corporation, and Philip Coleman, project executive, and Brett Kass, project engineer, of Turner Construction Company. The panel will discuss the design and financial implications of LEED certification for the Genzyme Center from the perspectives of the designer, contractor, and client. Interested members of the public wishing to attend the reception and program on October 24 can register online at http://www.nbm.org or by calling 202.272.2448. Advance registration is required. Ticket price for reception and lecture: $12 Museum members; $16 nonmembers; $10 students.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a private, nonprofit organization composed of leaders from across the building industries who work to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, and healthy places to live and work. The organization, founded in 1993, has worked toward this cause by establishing a uniform definition for "green" design through its LEED Green Building Rating System. USGBC advances innovation in building science, design, technology and operations by encouraging the use of new technologies and construction practices by designers, builders and owners. USGBC also contributes to the expansion of sustainable building knowledge by maintaining resources such as online tools and research publications.
The 2005 Turner Prize recognizes, in particular, the USGBC's development and administration of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Launched in 2000, LEED is a performance-based standard that is designed to evaluate the impact of buildings on their surroundings. LEED emphasizes new strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED was initially created to establish a common measurement to define "green building;" to promote integrated, whole-building design practices; and to raise awareness of green building benefits. The program also aims to acknowledge environmental leadership in the building industry and, thus, provide further incentives for green building. The LEED program's impact is rapidly expanding. Since LEED's inception, 2,080 new construction projects have registered with the intent to seek LEED certification, and approximately 240 have earned one of the four levels of LEED certification. Government agencies are increasingly instituting requirements and incentives for LEED certification of public projects. The USGBC has also developed LEED certification standards for existing buildings and commercial interiors and is developing standards for residences and neighborhood developments.
"Since its inception in 1993, the USGBC has made a tremendous contribution through its various activities, including education and policy making, and has greatly influenced the process of construction through its development of the LEED certification program," said Thomas C. Leppert, chairman and chief executive officer of The Turner Corporation. "As a leader in the sustainable construction industry and one of the corporate sponsors of LEED, Turner believes the USGBC is very deserving of this honor as the fourth recipient of the Henry C. Turner Prize."
The Henry C. Turner Prize is named after the founder of Turner Construction Company, which was established in May 1902 in New York City. The Prize recognizes an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership by an individual or team of individuals in construction technology. This includes construction techniques, innovations and practices, construction and project management, and engineering design. The first recipient was structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson in 2002, followed by architect I.M Pei, in 2003 and engineer and builder Charles A. DeBenedittis in 2004. The Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 from an endowment established by Turner Construction Company.
The jury for the Henry C. Turner Prize is composed of five members -- Chris T. Hendrickson, chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering,
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2005, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and planning. Chartered by Congress in 1980 and open to the public since 1985, the Museum has become a vital forum for exchanging ideas and information about the built environment through its exhibitions, education programs, and publications. The Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. Museum Shop. Cafe. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit http://www.nbm.org .
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