AIA New York Honors The Kathleen Grimm School with Environmental Award

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On October 24th, the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the SOM-designed Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground as a winner of a Committee on the Environment (COTE) Honor Award. Established in 2014, the awards program seeks to advance sustainable design, reveal lessons learned, and celebrate the process behind design innovation in an urban context.

Commenting on the impact of SOM's design for the Kathleen Grimm School, the awards jury noted: “This energy-sipping building, with a projected net EUI of just under 5 kbtu/sf/yr, should have far-reaching influence on schools in New York City and nationwide.”

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is designed to be the first net-zero-energy school in New York City and one of the first of its kind worldwide. Located in Staten Island, the 68,000-square-foot school serves 444 students, from prekindergarten through fifth grade. The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) commissioned the design of the Kathleen Grimm School to serve as its first “sustainability lab,” where a range of green design strategies could be utilized with the ultimate goal of improving the energy efficiency of schools throughout the city.

The AIANY COTE awards will be presented on Tuesday, November 1st at the Center for Architecture in New York City. Award recipients will give a presentation about their winning projects during this event.

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