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NASA’s Sustainability Base Tops Out

[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 …

Learning from the Netherlands

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.

Diane Dale Participates in Sustainable Communities Forum

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.

David Johnson Speaks on Panel about Water & Design

The director of the William McDonough + Partners San Francisco studio, David Johnson, presented at the Strategic Opportunities in Water Technologies conference in San Francisco (February 3-5); his February 5 panel, on Water Technology Needs of the Commercial Real Estate Market, including industry experts including Sally Gutierrez, director of the National Risk Management Research Lab at the US EPA office of Research and Development.

Diane Dale on Positioning Communities for Sustainability

Diane Dale participated in a forum entitled “Re-positioning American Communities for Successful Sustainable Development” hosted by ULI and AIA (January 28-29). This invitation-only event brought together architects, developers, mayors and other experts to focus on the creation of a plan for the increased development of sustainable, livable communities.

Bill McDonough at the World Economic Forum in Davos: Design for Sustainability

Bill McDonough spoke on a panel with IDEO’s Tim Brown and Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair. Alice Rawsthorn moderated the Design for Sustanability panel, and reported on it for The New York Times.

Construction Digital features Kevin Burke in a cover story on the Bernheim Visitor Center.

Kevin Burke explains how the Bernheim Arboretum Visitor Center applies the principles of Cradle to Cradle design in the December 2009 edition of Construction Digital Magazine. As the article highlights, the Visitor Center is one of only 68 LEED Platinum projects worldwide and is the winner of the EPA’s Lifecycle Building Award.

Alastair Reilly presents NASA Sustainability Base at the 2009 Ecobuild America Conference

On December 10th, Alastair Reilly presented NASA Sustainability Base at the 2009 Ecobuild America Conference in Washington DC. NASA Sustainability Base was featured in a new format, called the EcoAquarium, that features successful projects that exemplify the best practices in energy efficiency, green building, sustainability, and building performance.