The AIA Miami Chapter hosted their 57th Annual Design Awards and Gala on November 5th at the historic Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center in Downtown Miami. As a sponsor of the AIA Miami, The Spinnaker Group, is excited to see AIA Miami recognize the best sustainable design each year, of which the St Stephens Main Highway Pavilion took home the honor.
Designed by Jenifer Briley & Associates, St Stephens Main Highway Pavilion is a LEED-Gold project. Some highlights of the project include extensive daylighting, indigenous materials, rainwater harvesting, highly efficient glass and HVAC systems along with a very high indoor environmental quality for the students focusing on acoustics and air quality. The Spinnaker Group provided Commissioning for the project and is proud to have been a part of this award winning team.
A great example of beautiful sustainable design it was awarded an Excellence in Architecture and the People’s Choice award as well. Just a few months ago it was also awarded the most outstanding LEED School by the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter at their annual awards gala, GalaVerde.
An interesting note on the Gusman Center, it was actually the first air conditioned building in Miami, even before the invention of modern air conditioning, by Willis Carrier. The theater used large blocks of ice to cool ventilation air, distributed through the theater with fans, to lure customers out of the hot and humid Miami. Today this would be considered an advanced ‘high-tech’ off-demand ice storage system. A subtle reminder to look to the past for sustainable innovation.
Mark Schrieber, LEED AP BD+C, Homes