Year: 2005
Award Type: Citation Award
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: Morgan Hill, CA
Owner: City of Morgan Hill
Developer: City of Morgan Hill
Architect: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Market Segement:
Community
Mixed-Use
Square Footage: 8,825
Type of Building:
Other
Award Credit:

Mechanical Engineer

Rumsey Engineers, Inc.

Lighting Designer

IDEAS

Pool Consultant

Rowley International, Inc.

Wind Consultant

Donald Ballanti

Photography

David Wakely

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Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center Pool

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

This recreational and competitive aquatic facility includes an 8,825 square foot building on 8.5 acres of a flat, rural site. It integrates design, energy saving features, and programming to create an outdoor social center with four pools and low-maintenance support buildings. Among its most innovative energy-saving features is the use of windscreens to reduce pool heating costs by 40 percent. The overall project exceeds Title 24 standards by 21 percent.

This project’s inventive and effective use of fabric windscreening to profoundly affect energy efficiency impressed the jurors—In their opinion, it answered multiple engineering challenges. They also cited the integration of natural materials with a soft and refined overall aesthetic, and the appropriate relationship of shape and technology in the use of a shed roof for future solar collectors. In addition, they felt that the indoor-outdoor relationship between various spaces and their functions was very successful.

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Exceeds Title 24 standards by 21 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

Rumsey Engineers, Inc.

Lighting Designer

IDEAS

Pool Consultant

Rowley International, Inc.

Wind Consultant

Donald Ballanti

Photography

David Wakely

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