IBC Engineering Wins Top National Award at "Academy Awards" of Engineering for Green Technology

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Rochester, NY's IBC Engineering, P.C. receives one of only 18 Honor Awards on Tuesday, April 28 at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)'s 44th annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., which is considered the "Academy Awards" of the engineering industry. IBC's Honor Award recognizes its role in the renovation of the King + King Architects Office Building in downtown Syracuse, NY, which turned a dilapidated warehouse into a creative and extremely energy-efficient workspace.

"Both King + King and IBC share a belief that engineering input early on in the design process – something that's not typically done – results in a significantly better outcome, and we certainly proved that," says IBC Director of Engineering Dan Fox.

On the heels of last month's Platinum and Diamond Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York), IBC Engineering, P.C. received one of only 18 Honor Awards on Tuesday evening, April 28, 2010, at the national ACEC's 44th annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The event is considered the "Academy Awards" of the engineering industry, and recognizes preeminent engineering achievements from 2009 from all over the world.

IBC's Honor Award recognizes the Rochester firm's role in the renovation of the King + King Architects Office Building in downtown Syracuse, NY, which turned a dilapidated warehouse into a creative and extremely energy-efficient workspace. The project showcases a host of state-of-the-art yet viable green building technologies, including high-efficiency boilers and chillers that use approximately 40% less energy than code minimum. Solar panels generate 12 kilowatts of energy for the building, while rooftop vegetation and reflective materials lower building heat and reduce rainwater runoff into the sewage system. The building is currently pending LEED TM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which will make it one of only four such structures in the state and one of just 60 in the world. IBC already has one LEED TM Platinum-certified building to its credit: Rochester Institute of Technology's University Services Center.

The renovation project also serves as a catalyst for the revival of downtown Syracuse. The project team worked with community representatives, the Syracuse University Center of Excellence and citizen groups to ensure that the renovated building would also represent a foundation for further development. King + King Architects will also receive an Honor Award at tonight's ceremony for its role in the project.

"Both King + King and IBC share a belief that engineering input early on in the design process – something that's not typically done – results in a significantly better outcome, and we certainly proved that," says IBC Director of Engineering Dan Fox, who was the IBC partner in charge of the project.

More about IBC Engineering, P.C.: Founded in 1996 by President Dan Bowllan, Director of Engineering Dan Fox and COO Geoff Mead, IBC is a MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) consulting firm offering traditional engineering and specialized services in the Design & Construction Industry to clients throughout NYS and the entire Northeast, with a focus on sustainable design. ACEC New York awards for Engineering Excellence include a Gold for S.U.N.Y. Brockport Student Housing, Platinums for the Electric Tower Building in Buffalo (where IBC also has a branch office) and for RIT's University Services Center, and a Diamond for the King + King Architects Office Building in Syracuse. Find more information at http://www.ibceng.com.

More about King + King Architects: Founded in 1868, King + King is New York State's oldest architecture firm and the fourth oldest in the country. The Syracuse architects specialize in design for higher education, K-12, healthcare and community organizations with a focus on sustainable design. King + King has literally changed the Central New York skyline throughout the course of its 140 year history. Notable architecture, design and planning projects include: Syracuse University Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, North Syracuse Central School District – Smith Road Elementary School, Case Supply Warehouse, National Grid building and Crouse College. Find more information at http://www.kingarch.com.

More about ACEC: The American Council of Engineering Companies is the business association of America's engineering industry, representing nearly 5,700 independent engineering companies throughout the U.S. engaged in the development of America's transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environment, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.

Media, please note: high-resolution photos of the King + King Office Building, as well as IBC Engineering, P.C. partners are available, and interviews may be arranged.

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