Brad Feinkopf

On December 6, in New York City, six jurors convened to parse the merits of the more than 250 projects submitted to AN‘s first annual Best Of Design Awards. The jury included Kate Orff, principal of SCAPE; Thomas Hanrahan, dean of architecture at the Pratt Institute and principal of Hanrahan Meyers Architects; Wes Rozen, principal, Situ Studio; Mic Patterson, partner, Enclos; Dan Wood, principal, WorkAC; and AN‘s own William Menking. Over the next several days we will be posting their selections in six categories, starting with  

“Nothing can touch this project in terms of the way high performance is integrated into the building envelope.”
—Mic Patterson


This project, which is seeking a LEED Platinum rating, sought to achieve maximum energy efficiency in part through a high-performance envelope. The building’s three distinct architectural volumes had different insulation targets. The office-classroom and library cladding systems achieved a U-factor of 0.24 Btu/ft2*h*F°, and the atrium system achieved 0.32 Btu/ft2*h*F°.


Project Resources:

Construction Management/General Contracting

Bill Timmerman

Best Facade: Honorable Mention

Health Sciences Education Building, Phoenix Biomedical Campus
Phoenix, AZ
CO Architects
Ayers Saint Gross, Associate Architect

This copper facade is inspired by the layering of stratified earth found in the surrounding rock formations of the Arizona desert. Architectural grade sheets made from post-consumer metal were formed, bent pressed, and perforated into a variety of panel types. Sunshade projections, awnings, and a multi-layered sub-wall assembly respond to the harsh climate.


"The use of materials is beautiful and the building will age well."
—William Menking


Project Resources:

Associate Architect 

Ed LaCasse

Best Facade: Honorable Mention

Burnham Mall, Cleveland Medical Mart
Cleveland, OH
LMN Architects

The architects designed this facade to negotiate the differences between the civic bulk of the building and the surrounding smaller streets. The team worked with computer numerically controlled formwork to create digital models that translated directly to precast concrete building components.



"The presentation materials represent the project well and indicate how the precast elements were produced and assembled."
—Wes Rozen


Project Resources:

Construction Management 
Turner Construction Company
General Contractor
Harmon Inc.
MEP Engineer 
Karpinski Engineering
Structural Engineer
Magnusson Klemencic Associates


Facade Consultant 
Facade Forensics
Facade Manufacturer 
Sidley Precast Group
Glass Supplier 
Lighting Designer 
Horton Lees Brodgen