Pitzer College’s Robert Redford Conservancy Wins Design Award for Sustainability

AIA Presentation Award CeremonyClaremont, Calif. (November 1, 2018)—The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College and the design team at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE were recognized with an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles Design Award in the category for sustainability (COTE LA).

Amongst the most prestigious and competitive awards programs for architecture in the US, the annual AIA Design Awards honor excellence in built work, unbuilt work and built work with a high level of sustainable and environmental performance. These awards celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity of practitioners with the vision to take chances and make design achievement a reality.

Designed by the architecture firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the Robert Redford Conservancy is a showcase for responsible, collaborative green building. Over the course of a year, a team of Pitzer personnel, green building experts and community members contributed to the renovation of a nearly 90-year-old abandoned Claremont Colleges infirmary. Today the Redford Conservancy is home to indoor and outdoor classrooms, offices, laboratories, meeting rooms and an art studio. The renovation also stabilized and adapted the building’s surrounding 12 acres for the Redford Conservancy’s use in promoting its mission of sustainability, which is a cornerstone of the Pitzer College’s core values and a fundamental premise of the project’s design. Careful consideration was taken in the development of the planning with an emphasis on natural and low-impact design.

In addition to receiving an AIA|LA COTE Citation award, the Redford Conservancy has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification and is currently undergoing Net Zero Energy certification. The Redford Conservancy is on track to become the first Net Zero Energy certified building at The Claremont Colleges.

This is the third construction project between Carrier Johnson and Pitzer College. Carrier Johnson also designed Phase I and Phase II of Pitzer’s Housing Plan, which includes LEED Platinum certified East, West and Skandera halls and Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn halls, which earned LEED Gold certification in 2007.

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