The USGBC’s New York Chapter sponsors an annual Natural Talent Competition through its Emerging Green Builders of New York organization. This year, participants’ charge was to design a LEED Platinum-level arts center and middle school in DUMBO; concepts were required to also include a proposed revitalization of the areas adjacent to and including the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park’s Tobacco Warehouse, which was originally built in the 1870s as a tobacco customs inspection point along the Brooklyn waterfront. In addition to reaching a projected Platinum rating, entries had to incorporate principles from the LEED for Schools rating system, as well as New York City’s Green Schools Guide and the NY-CHPS High Performance Schools Guidelines.
USGBC-NY will unveil the winners next Wednesday, July 30, at an event hosted by the Mohawk Showroom (71 West 23rd Street at Sixth Avenue, on the 18th floor) between 6 and 9PM. The awards ceremony is free but you’ll need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than this coming Friday. The winning design team will earn a free trip to Greenbuild in Boston in November, where it will compete against other regional Natural Talent Competition winners for a grand prize of $5,000 in cash. The local competition is being judged by representatives from Dattner Architects, Perkins Eastman, and the School Construction Authority.
- EGB 2008 Awards Ceremony (USGBC)