by Joe Wilhelm Jr.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville hosted members of the local business community and the U.S. Green Building Council North Florida (USBGC) Chapter for the Chapter’s first Innovation Awards that celebrated green building practices in Jacksonville.
The USBGC North Florida Chapter gained provisional status in Aug. 2006 and now has over 230 members and full chapter status. That membership created its inaugural “Innovation Awards,” which were presented Thursday.
“Each individual within the North Florida Area can make a positive in the built environment,” said Susan Cleveland, North Chapter chair, “and within our own communities.”
The “Innovation Awards” were presented in the following categories:
• Energy Conservation and/or Renewable Energy
Dana B. Kenyon Company Corporate Headquarters
• Water Conservation and Landscape Design
Villa Paraiso- submitted by Metro Verde
• Waste Management
Stellar Commercial Building- submitted by K-Power and Dana B. Kenyon Company
• Corporate Responsibility
Breaking Ground Contracting
• New Construction
Duval County Schools K-8 School at 103rd Street- submitted by JSA Architects and McVeigh & Mangum Engineering
• Renovation and Remodel
Historic Remodeling Springfield- Breaking Ground Contracting
• Solving the Ultimate Challenge
Discovery Montessori School- Breaking Ground Contracting
• USGBC North Florida Chapter President’s Award
Mark Gelfo of TLC Engineering for Architecture
• Volunteer of the Year
Emily Carrier of TLC Engineering for Architecture
• Outstanding Public Service Award
Robert Schuster, chair of the City’s Environmental Protection Board
Applicants were judged by: Jack Price of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Bahar Armaghani, assistant facilities director and project manager with the University of Florida; Tom Goldsbury, chief of the Building Inspections Division for the City of Jacksonville; David Lambert of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at the University of North Florida; Bruce Doeuck, manager of conservation programs with JEA; and Julie Hargrove, the director of business development from Acousti Engineering.