HMC Architects was recognized for excellence in sustainable design with two 2021 U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) Sustainable Innovation Awards. San Bernardino Valley College Technical Education Building received the Sustainable Innovation Award for Honor in Energy/Operational Carbon and Cal Poly Pomona Student Housing and Dining received the Sustainable Innovation Award for Merit in the Health and Wellbeing Category. Both awards were presented at USGBC-LA’s annual Green Gala on December 8 in Los Angeles.
San Bernardino Valley College Technical Education Building
Sustainable Innovation Award for Honor in Energy/Operational Carbon
The 102,000 SF, all-electric building is designed to advance the capabilities of SBVC’s automotive, electrical, machine technology, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R), and water technology programs. It will serve as a vital campus resource to students making advancements in fields such as electric vehicles, photovoltaics, robotics, and rapid prototyping. Throughout the building, visual links between instructional spaces serve to inspire, inform, and connect students and educators. “Sticky” spaces provide opportunities for collaboration and inspiration both within and across departments. The building is designed to be a Net Zero ready, living lab that will both provide exhibit space for automotive technology and feature innovations in regenerative design such as solar glass, phase change material, and an atmospheric water generator. To implement these innovations, the design team collaborated closely with both the San Bernardino Community College District and Southern California Edison.
Cal Poly Pomona Student Housing and Dining
Sustainable Innovation Award for Merit in the Health & Wellbeing Category
By placing a brand new first-year student housing and dining commons at its front door, Cal Poly Pomona radically shifts from a commuter school to a new community-centered destination. The university needed a solution that created inclusive environments to inspire, embrace, and engage its students. Phase I Housing and Dining is a $150 million investment in this cause. The project consists of two, 153,000 SF residential eight-story mid-rise towers and 35,000 SF dining commons. The nine-acre project is a vibrant student-focused front door to campus. The collaborative design-build team consisted of HMC (executive architect and housing design architect), EYRC Architects (dining commons architect), and Sundt Construction.
USGBC-LA is an organization of professionals and advocates who work together to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region for all. Members and volunteers believe in creating a more sustainable built environment through education, innovation, and impactful action. The annual Sustainable Innovation Awards evaluate merit-based sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance by going above and beyond credit achievement. The awards program is open to built and un-built projects certified under any sustainability rating system or on track to achieve certification. To learn more, visit the USGBC-LA website.