SWA Projects Take Top Honors in USGBC’s LEED Homes Awards
The USGBC recently released the 2017 LEED Homes Award recipients. Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is proud to have been part of these incredible project teams: The House at Cornell Tech, recipient of the Project of the Year award; and, JHM Group’s Crescent Crossings, awarded Outstanding Affordable Project. Several of SWA’s clients also received awards for their continued commitment to LEED Certification including: The Hudson Companies, named Outstanding Multifamily Developer; and, The Community Builders and JHM Group acknowledged as 2017 Power Builders.
The frequently lauded House at Cornell Tech was developed by The Hudson Companies (winner of the Outstanding Multifamily Developer award) and The Related Companies, and was designed by Handel Architects. The award-winning residential tower is located on Cornell Tech’s state-of-the-art, 12-acre campus on Roosevelt Island and includes 352 units in 26-stories with a high-performance envelope and efficient mechanicals. It required careful collaboration during construction for the project to achieve LEED® Homes™ Platinum, ENERGY STAR® and Passive House Certifications.
Up the East River and Northeast through Long Island Sound is Bridgeport, CT, home of the Outstanding Affordable Project winner, Crescent Crossings. Designed by Crosskey Architects and developed by JHM Group with Viking Construction, the first phase of this project earned LEED Homes Platinum, ENERGY STAR, and Indoor airPLUS certifications in 2017. JHM Group has been transforming neighborhoods for over forty years, having certified its first LEED project in Darien, CT in 2015. The affordable housing developer has two additional green developments (including Crescent Crossings Phase II) pending certification and another four at various stages of design and construction.
Power Builder award recipients, The Community Builders, have also demonstrated their strong commitment to providing sustainable residential developments, with several projects in Yonkers, NY certified through the LEED Homes program. These include the 188 Warburton and School 6 projects, both certified in 2017. And, there are more deep green projects currently under way.
These project teams have worked hard to reduce energy, water, and resource consumption through the design and construction process. Such attention to sustainable sites, healthy indoor environments, and resident well-being can often go unacknowledged. This is why the USGBC LEED Homes Annual Awards are such an important recognition. We applaud these projects for prioritizing sustainability.
SWA has provided LEED Homes certification for over 13,000 residences, including 2,300 in 2017 alone!