Year: 2005
Award Type: Award of Merit
Territory: SCE Territory
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Owner: The Audubon Center at Debs Park
Developer: The Audubon Center at Debs Park
Architect: EHDD Architecture
Market Segement:
Community
Institutional
Mixed-Use
Square Footage: 6,747
Award Credit:

Mechanical Engineer

IBE Consulting Engineers

Electrical & Lighting Designer

Kanwar Associates

Daylighting Consultant

Soltierra LLC

Commissions Agent

CTG Energetics, Inc.

LEED & Materials Consultant

CTG Energetics, Inc.

Photography

Cesar Rubio

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

The Audubon Center at Debs Park

This nature center is purposely sited in an ecologically degraded native habitat on the edge of an under-utilized public park two miles from downtown Los Angeles. The center is a staging area for bringing children outdoors into nature and includes a multipurpose class/meeting room, offices and reception areas, a children’s garden, interpretative trails, kitchen, storage, library, restrooms, and parking. The 6,747 square foot building is 100 percent solar-powered and its Title 24 compliance margin with renewable energy is 110.5 percent. (10.5 percent more energy generated than used.)

“Beyond the ambition of being a Platinum LEED™-rated building that is independent of the power grid,” the jurors remarked, “this project demonstrates a wonderful commitment to the environment.” They particularly appreciated the constructed environment of the courtyard leading to the natural environment of the park, and the idea of connecting school children to nature in heart of Los Angeles. “This project is done with a simple honesty and a great pedagogic hand,” they continued. “The innovation of the photovoltaic grid is extraordinary, and the whole project has a sense of calm, serenity and rightness with the environment.”

    Notable Accomplishments

  • 100% solar-powered.
  • Title 24 compliance margin with renewable energy is 110.5 percent.

Jurors

  • Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Title: President
    Company: Clanton & Associates
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Nancy Clanton, PE, LC, IALD

    Nancy Clanton is founder and president of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable design. Nancy speaks throughout the nation on topics relating to sustainable and energy-efficient design and light pollution and has been an instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is past chairperson of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee and a past director of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and is currently on the board of the International Dark Sky Association. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Committee of Environmental Building News, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Engineering Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is a member of the United States Green Building Council.

    She was group leader for the “Greening of the White House” initiative and received the 1999 “Contribution to the Built Environment Award” from the Colorado North Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

  • Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Title: Design Principal
    Company: RNL Design
    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Katherine Diamond, FAIA

    Katherine (Kate) Diamond, FAIA is the Design Principal for RNL’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining RNL, Kate built a strong design reputation as principal and lead designer of her own practice, Siegel Diamond Architecture. Kate brings a lifetime of personal commitment to sustainable design of design excellence to build RNL’s leadership in energy efficient design dating back to the 70s energy crisis.

    Kate continues to design multiple LEED-rated projects. In addition to her architectural experience, Kate has played a role in developing sustainable design guidelines for the cities of Santa Monica and San Gabriel and in organizing a variety of urban design charettes that focused on the integration of green principles.

  • Robert Noble, AIA

    Title: CEO, Design Principal
    Company: Tucker Sadler Group
    Location: San Diego, CA

    Robert Noble, AIA

    Robert Noble, AIA, is CEO and Design Principal of Tucker Sadler, a 40-member, 50-year-old diversified design practice based in San Diego, with offices in Arkansas and projects nationwide. Robert has been an architect, industrial designer, and technology entrepreneur for 25 years and has been responsible for a number of environmentally advanced building and material technologies, and sustainable design projects. He and his work have been published internationally and have been the recipient of prestigious design and environmental awards including: The Edison Award for Environmental Achievement, “E-Town” Environmental Achievement Award (awarded on National Public Radio); California Integrated Waste Management Award and Popular Science “100 Best New Technologies” (1993).

    He is LEED accredited, is past Chair and one of the founding board members of the US Green Building Council of San Diego and is currently president-elect of the San Diego Chapter of the AIA.


Award Credit

Mechanical Engineer

IBE Consulting Engineers

Electrical & Lighting Designer

Kanwar Associates

Daylighting Consultant

Soltierra LLC

Commissions Agent

CTG Energetics, Inc.

LEED & Materials Consultant

CTG Energetics, Inc.

Photography

Cesar Rubio

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