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.

William McDonough participates in inaugural Innovation Economy Conference

William McDonough participated in the inaugural Innovation Economy Conference in Washington DC November 30 – December 1. This conference’s primary focus was to identify how the following key components drive innovation and economic growth: people, ideas, investment, and leadership. The speakers included leading educators, scientists, investors, legislators, business leaders, Administration officials, and other experts and policy makers. They were charged with answering tough questions about investment during a recession; education in …

William McDonough participates in the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda

For the second consecutive year, the World Economic Forum and the Government of Dubai hosted the Summit on the Global Agenda 2009 from 20 to 22 November 2009. The Summit brought together over 700 council members of the most innovative and relevant minds from over 90 countries – leaders from academia, business, government and civil society – to address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda. “Dubai provides the most convenient environment …

Fall 2009

Our Latest Project Breaks Ground: NASA’s Sustainability Base Last month, we attended a celebratory groundbreaking for Sustainability Base, a collaborative support facility at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. “We have designed this project to go beyond Platinum” and set new benchmarks for federal and NASA facilities. “When we started the design of ‘Sustainability Base’ with NASA, we were inspired by the statement ‘as only NASA can’,” says Kevin Burke, our design partner …