On Feb. 27, AZRE hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. To view all 2013 RED Awards Winners and Honorable Mentions, go here >

Most Sustainable

Colonel Smith Middle School

Colonel-Smith-Middle-SchoolDeveloper: Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District

Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Architect: EMC2 Group Architects Planners

Size: 88,693 SF

Location: 5651 E. Smith Ave., Fort Huachuca

Completed: June 2012

A collaborative relationship with the design and building team, Army base leadership and regional school district put forth a unique effort to complete the first Net Zero Educational facility in Arizona. The facility constructed on an active military base sets a new facility standard with a living lab delivering a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) curriculum and delivering vast strides in sustainability efforts including concrete metering of light with HVAC and plug loads on a building-by-building basis to verify that the campus operates according to the whole-building energy model, energy efficient LED lighting, lighting monitors that ensure minimum electricity usage, T5 fluorescent lights and motion sensors that ensure lights are off when not needed. Lighting is expected to be 80% less than a standard school building. Windows in every regular-spaced room provides natural daylight to enhance student learning. Students are encouraged to monitor energy usage and production in real time with energy dashboard monitors throughout the building and mobile apps. Water conservation harvested water tanks irrigate naïve trees and shrubs, which students can monitor using the energy dashboard components. Colonel Smith Middle School is a prime example of Net Zero Education by both building standards and curriculum offering.

Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

Science Resource Management Building

Science-Resource-Management-BuildingDeveloper: National Park Service

Contractor: Loven Contracting

Architect: Civil Design & Engineering

Size: not listed

Location: Grand Canyon National Park

Completed: December 2012

RED Awards 2013 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2013