April 4, 2012
The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) and the American Institutes of Architects (AIA) have selected Trilogy Architecture as the recipient of national awards in recognition of their design of the Redding School of the Arts in Redding, California.
In March, Trilogy, a Redding-based firm headed by architect James Theimer (B.Arch. '77) AIA, was awarded the 2011 Beyond Green High Performance Building Award from SBIC in the category of high performance buildings. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. at a ceremony before members of Congress and representatives from leading organizations within the building community.
The ceremony included a briefing of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition on Capitol Hill. "This is an exciting opportunity to explain our work to leaders who can effect change. Our hope is that it will help further appreciation for environmentally-friendly design and energy-efficient buildings," commented Theimer.
The AIA Design of Excellence Award for the Redding school will also be bestowed in Washington, D.C., later this spring, as part of an annual program sponsored by the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education designed to "identify, honor, and disseminate the projects and ideas that exhibit innovation and excellence."
Completed in the fall of 2011, the Redding School of the Arts is a 77,000 square-foot, kindergarten through eighth grade public charter school. Its energy-efficient program was designed to meet the requirements for LEED Platinum certification, which is pending. The school was funded by the McConnell Foundation and constructed by Gifford Construction.
Trilogy Architecture has been in business for 22 years, and this project was their first school. "As a small firm, competing with large national firms it is never easy in any competition; competing in a project type that was new to us made it even more rewarding to win," remarked Theimer.