The Robert Dorsey house in Charleston won the Placemaker Award for "sense of place." Dorsey owns LR Dorsey Construction Inc., and was assisted in his home's design by Sinclair.
The new Dorsey home was constructed on the site where Dorsey's older home was taken down. Recycled materials from the old home were used in the framing of the new house, which was built on the existing foundation. Innovative heating and cooling systems, including delivery systems for hot water and the use of captured rainwater, are hidden beneath the surface of a traditional-looking arts and crafts design.
"This house really embodies a great spirit of Appalachian ingenuity," one judge commented.
Cameron Middle/High School in Marshall County, designed by architect Patrick Rymer of McKinley & Associates, won the Placemaker Award for innovation in the public sector, incorporating features of existing topography and the state's first chilled beam heating and air conditioning system to substantially decrease energy use.
The school was located on the property to maximize solar energy, daylight and thermal mass for heating and cooling, and uses translucent interior wall panels to transfer and distribute available light.
Another Marshall County school, Hilltop Elementary, designed by McKinley & Associates architect Worlledge, was recognized with the Placemaker Award for leadership. Worlledge designed the school to meet LEED criteria although it was not specified by school authorities in the planning process.
"He proved that designing to a LEED certification standard doesn't have to cost more. It's the knowledge that the team brings to the project that makes the difference," said Boland.
Other awards went to the Wood County Justice Center in Parkersburg; the Natural Energy Design office building, a McKinley & Associates prospective design by Worlledge; and the preliminary design for Clayhill Farms, in Ranson, by the Charles Town office of William H. Gordon Associates.
In addition to Miller, judges included Bill White of Thompson & Litton, in Radford, Va., and Megan Nedzinski of Nedzinski Design Collaborative, in Morgantown. White and Nedzinski are members of the U.S. Green Building Council and are LEED-accredited professionals.
To see complete descriptions and photographs of the winning entries, visit thebuildingconference.com/awards.
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