The Hawaii Gateway Energy Center by Ferraro Choi is Listed as One of Top Ten Green Projects by AIA/COTE for 2007


“The Top Ten Green Building Projects is all about developing good examples of green building design within the community…the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center employs some really unique strategies…” – Henry Seigel, FAIA, Vice Chair, National Advisory Group for the Committee On The Environment (COTE), American Institute of Architects

Ferraro Choi received national recognition by having one of its projects, the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center, listed as one of the nation’s Top Ten Green Projects for 2007 by AIA/COTE, the American Institute of Architects Committee On The Environment. COTE annually selects 10 new examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption.

COTE’s Mission is to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

Project Information:

Owner/Developer: Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA)
Architect: Ferraro Choi And Associates
Structural: Libbey Heywood, Inc.
Mechanical/ Electrical/ Lighting/ Energy Consultant: Lincolne Scott, Inc.
Civil Engineer : RM Towill Corporation.
Landscape Architect: LP&D Hawaii .
LEED® Management ENSAR Group, Inc.
Commissioning Agent: Environmental Economics, Inc.
Contractor: Bolton, Inc.
Space Frames: Triodetic Building Products Ltd.
Photography: David Franzen

Besides being listed as a 2007 Top Ten Green Project by AIA/COTE, the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for its exemplary sustainable and green design strategies. Other awards include:

  • 2005 AIA Honolulu AIA Award of Excellence for Sustainable Design
  • 2006 Northwest & Pacific Region of the AIA Citation Award
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  • 2006 LEED® -NC v2 Platinum (New Construction) Certification by the United States Green Building Council

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