Buildings magazine featured the NASA Sustainability Base, for which William McDonough + Partners is the Design Architect, in its April issue (and on its cover). Here’s an excerpt: According to Kevin Burke, partner and director of practice for WM+P, McDonough wondered what would happen if they focused NASA’s intelligence on developing a project on earth (and joked that the project’s tagline would be “We Come in Peace”). But joke became reality as WM+P, collaborating with AECOM, …
On April 19, Bill McDonough kicks of Earth Day week with a speech on campus at American University, where the new facility for the School of International Service, designed by William McDonough + Partners with Quinn Evans Architects, is nearing completion. Bill talk about “Waging Peace: The New SIS Building, Ecological Sanity and International Relations.”
California Greenin’: David Johnson in Environmental Design+Construction on CalGreen Building Standards
The recently passed California Green Building Standards (CalGreen) will raise the baseline for new construction and have an enormous positive impact, given CalGreen’s widespread application. This new code from the California Building Standards Commission, which takes effect January 2011, will continue California’s legacy of environmental leadership. However, as we integrate these new requirements within the wide range of existing green standards, codes and rating systems, we are constantly faced with the question: Is what we’re …
[img_assist|nid=391|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=53|height=70] The steel structure is complete at the NASA Ames Sustainability Base, a William McDonough + Partners design. This is a major landmark in construction the project that is designed to be greenest in the federal portfolio. A ceremonial “topping out” event and beam-signing took place on March 12 to commemorate the completion of structural steel for the NASA Ames Research Center’s Sustainability Base. This represents a landmark for the building, expected to be one of …
Diane Dale, director of Community Design, presented the firm’s recent Dutch community planning work at the Sustainability in Urban Communities: Exchanging Transatlantic Best Practices seminar at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC.
On March 10, Bill McDonough gave testimony at a House of Representatives Transportation/HUD appropriations subcommittee hearing on sustainability in practice. Executive Director Tom Darden III spoke about Make It Right, Brad Pitt’s pro bono effort to rebuild the Lower 9th Ward. Bill talked about William McDonough + Partners’ role in Make It Right and about Cradle to Cradle philosophy and practice.
On March 3, Diane Dale, director of Community Design, joined stakeholders from the smart growth, clean energy, and climate communities at the White House for the Clean Energy Economy Forum: Livability and Sustainable Communities, put on by the DOT and HUD.
On March 6, Katherine Grove, AIA, presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conference at Tulane about Make It Right and rebuilding in New Orleans. The panel included Byron Mouton, a Tulane professor who heads the UrbanBILD studio there.