Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

The Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) has announced its 2014 Project of the Year and National Award of Excellence winners. The Denver Union Station Transit Improvement Project has been bestowed with DBIA’s highest honor, Project of the Year. Among the other winning projects is the Golisano Institute for Sustainability in Rochester, N.Y.

“This year’s award competition was the most rigorous to date with a greater emphasis on best practices and teamwork, as well as the successful delivery of the project,” says Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA’s executive director/CEO.

Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts. This year, 25 projects in nine categories were awarded National Awards of Merit. One project in each of the nine categories was then considered for best in category as a National Award of Excellence winner along with Excellence in Design, Process and Teaming awards, and Project of the Year. The selected projects showcase design-build best practices, in addition to achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations.

DBIA 2014 Excellence in Design – Golisano Institute for Sustainability
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y., wanted a signature building that would serve as a living laboratory for scientific discovery and experimental learning that could serve as the Western Gateway to RIT. The result is an 84,000-square-foot complex, comprised of a four-story research and three-story academic and office building connected by a four-story galleria. It houses laboratories, classrooms and office space, with high-performance design features that make it a living laboratory of sustainability. The Golisano Institute is among the first in the world to offer a Ph.D. program in sustainability.

Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology
Design-Builder, Superintendent and Estimator: LeChase Construction
Architect: SWBR
Design Architect: FXFOWLE
Engineers: M/E Engineering, Stantec
BIM Specialist/Construction: Loisos + Ubbelohde
BIM Specialist/Design: Hale Technology
Specialty Contractor: Leidos (formerly SAIC Energy)
Specialty Consultants: Wheaton & Sprague Engineering, Inc. and Horizon Engineering Associates
Other: 7Group

DBIA 2014 National Award of Excellence by Category winners are as follows:
Aviation – The San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 and Airside Expansion, San Diego, Calif.
Civic – FY11 228 PN UEPH Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Oahu, Hawaii
Commercial/Office – Wendell August, Grove City, Pa.
Education – Golisano Institute for Sustainability Research Building, Rochester, N.Y.
Healthcare – California Health Care Facility Stockton, Stockton, Calif.
Industrial/Process/Research – Rolls-Royce Advanced Aerofoil Machining Facility, Prince George County, Va.
Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration – Henry M. Jackson Federal Building Modernization, Seattle, Wash.
Transportation – Denver Union Station Transit Improvements, Denver, Colo.
Water/Wastewater – Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, Tucson, Ariz.