“Long before LEED and the LBC, Miller Hull was designing environmentally friendly buildings using passive heating and cooling strategies that the founding architects had discovered during Peace Corps stints in Brazil and Afghanistan,” said Architect 50.
The firm’s current work includes the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology that is targeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. In collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and builds on Miller Hull’s experience designing the Living Building Challenge-certified Bullitt Center, known as the greenest commercial office building in the world. The Bullitt Center has achieved net positive energy and on Thursday, Nov. 1, the building’s rainwater-to-potable water system went live, meaning rainwater will now be filtered and treated for all purposes—including drinking.
The biggest challenges with the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design are meeting the LBC requirements in a southern environment. Still, the research and work done on the project will help advance projects in different climates to become LBC certified in the future, many of which are happening at Miller Hull. The firm’s work on the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and Bullitt Center are two of six projects the firm has been selected to design that meet the LBC.
“Right now, our focus on design is to show that it is possible to create well-designed, compelling projects that essentially have no environmental footprint,” said Brian Court, partner at Miller Hull and one of the firm’s sustainable design leaders. “We believe that good design must take a strong position on the larger global issues we’re facing as a society. As architects, we have a unique opportunity to help show what is possible in a future where humanity exists in harmony with the natural world.”
The jurors for the sustainability category includes Vivian Loftness, FAIA, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Stephanie Carlisle, a principal at Kieran Timberlake.
For more information about The Miller Hull Partnership, call (206) 682-6837 or visit www.millerhull.com.
About The Miller Hull Partnership Founded in 1977 by David Miller and Robert Hull, The Miller Hull Partnership is an international, award-winning architecture and planning firm specializing in performance-based designs for public and private buildings. The firm is widely recognized for designs that actively engage the site and their communities. Capabilities include master planning, urban design, and interior design services for a range of projects where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather, Serve and Think. Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional and national awards for design excellence, including two AIA Institute Honor Awards in 2018, seven AIA COTE Top Ten Design Awards and the notable AIA National Firm Award. For more information, visit www.millerhull.com.