The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (“COTE”) announced today that BKSK Architects’ Visitor’s Center at the Queens Botanical Garden, which was designed to achieve New York City’s first LEED Platinum rating, has been named to COTE’s 2008 list of Top Ten Green Projects. The release of COTE’s compilation was (presumably) timed to coincide with today’s Earth Day celebrations, and the Visitor’s Center is without question deserving of the accolade. gbNYC, in fact, named the project #1 on our 2007 list of top New York City green buildings.
The Visitor’s Center was selected from over 100 entries; the other nine winners include Kieran Timerlake Associates’ Yale University Sculpture Building and Gallery. COTE will post profiles of all the winning projects on its website, as well as organize a traveling exhibition to various AIA locations across the country. The exhibition will also land at AIA’s National Convention and Greenbuild 2008- both of which will take place in Boston. The 16,000-square-foot Visitor’s Center officially opened to the public last September. Congratulations to both the Botanical Garden and BKSK!