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Park 2020 Wins ASLA Award

The Park 2020 Master Plan has received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The master plan architects were William McDonough + Partners, working in collaboration with landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz. According to the 2010 professional awards jury, The project is “truly a beautifully executed study, which integrates many programmatic uses with Bold gestures of design, and responds to all aspects of sustainability, sensitive site planning, and cultural integration.”

Congratulations to Woods Hole Research Center on Wind Turbine

As the nation’s first offshore wind farm gains approval nearby, we offer congratulations to the Woods Hole Research Center, which late last summer finished construction on their wind turbine. William McDonough + Partners worked with the Center starting in 2002 to develop a new facility and renovate an existing one. This client had a long term vision, and the wind turbine’s installation is just the latest chapter. You can learn more about the project in …

Bill McDonough Celebrates Earth Day @ MIT, following lectures at American University School of International Service and the RPA in NYC

Bill McDonough spoke at MIT today; the Colloquium is sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative. On Tuesday, he spoke at the American University School of International Service; a new building designed by William McDonough + Partners with Quinn Evans Architects is under construction now. On Monday, Bill keynoted the Regional Planning Association’s annual Assembly.

NASA Sustainability Base on the cover of Buildings magazine

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, …

McDonough @ American University School of International Service

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 …

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.