Pickard Chilton Wins Design Awards From The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

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The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have announced that New Haven, Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton (http://www.pickardchilton.com) has won two 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN Awards for the firm's design of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Headquarters Complex in Sacramento, California and 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have announced that New Haven, Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton (http://www.pickardchilton.com) has won two 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN Awards for the firm's design of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Headquarters Complex in Sacramento, California and 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois.

From thousands of submissions from over 46 countries, the jury selected over 100 outstanding examples of Green Design. Award recipients represent the world's most recognized design firms and FORTUNE 500 corporations that use innovative design to emphasize solutions to promote a more sustainable environment worldwide.

“We are delighted to have these projects recognized with these prestigious awards,” said Jon Pickard AIA, RIBA Principal of Pickard Chilton. “It reinforces the importance and value of sustainable design, particularly for projects of this scale.”

Completed in 2009, 300 North LaSalle received Gold certification under the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Core & Shell rating system. The project was also designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, acknowledging the building’s superior design intent. The CalPERS Headquarters which received Gold certification under the USGBC's LEED for New Construction rating system.

“As the eighth sustainable design award for CalPERS,” said firm Principal William Chilton FAIA, RIBA “the 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN Award confirms the client's original intent of setting a new standard of environmental sustainability for a large-scale headquarters building.”

This is the second year The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum have held the Green GOOD DESIGN award program, a specialized edition of the GOOD DESIGN program, which was founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. The program's intent is to emphasize the importance of sustainable design and to develop a public awareness program to the international general public about which companies are best utilizing sustainable design.

In April 2011, the organizations will organize a special Conference on the Environment in Hamburg, Germany, and the winning 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN products and buildings will be exhibited.

About Pickard Chilton
Pickard Chilton is an international architectural practice noted for its expertise in the design of large, complex buildings including corporate headquarters, high rise commercial office towers, hotels, academic, and health care facilities. Headquartered in New Haven, Conn., the firm’s completed projects include: 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta, GA; ConocoPhillips West Campus in Houston and 300 North LaSalle in Chicago. The firm currently has projects underway in Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City, Washington, DC, Calgary, and Kuala Lumpur. Visit http://www.pickardchilton.com for more information.

About The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies is dedicated to public education concerning all aspects of the built environment including the philosophical issues of arts and culture that ultimately give the final shape to design. With a geographic range encompassing all European Union and non-EU countries within Europe, the Mission of The European Centre is to improve all aspects of the human and urban experience by promoting greater public awareness and the broader appreciation and importance of architecture, design, art, and urban planning. Visit http://www.europeanarch.eu for more information.

Founded in 1988, The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design—Chicago. The Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning. The Museum's mission is the advancement of public education about the value of Good Design - from the "spoon to the city" - and how design can positively impact the human environment. Visit http://www.chi-athenaeum.org for more information.

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