Institute Honors Living Building Challenge Heroes

Friday, May 17, 2013
The International Living Future Institute™ announced last night the recipients of its 2013 Living Building Challenge™ Heroes Award.  The new Heroes were recognized at the Institute’s Big Bang Dinner, part of its annual Living Future unConference. The Institute confers this honor on individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Living Building Challenge and whose work has helped to create an ecologically resilient and regnerative built environment.
“Every day I have the distinct honor of working with people who are both wise and brave,” says Amanda Sturgeon, Institute Vice President in charge of the Living Building Challenge. “It is not easy to create a building or neighborhood capable of meeting the Challenge’s extremely ambitious requirements. It involves creating an entirely new model for how projects are designed, materials are specified, permits are pulled and construction is performed. But the Heroes we are recognizing with these awards do more than accept this Challenge: they make it their own.  They inspire us beyond measure.”
This year’s Heroes are:
  • Denis Hayes–President, Bullitt Foundation–Hayes has been an internationally recognized environmental leader for over three decades. First known as one of the co-founders of Earth Day, Hayes most recently spearheaded the development of the Bullitt Center, a six-story office building in downtown Seattle that is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. Hayes is also an Institute board member.
  • Chris Rogers and Chris Faul–Founding Partners, Point 32–Rogers and Faul, the developers for the Bullitt Center faced an unenviable set of requirements on this project, including the achievement of the Living Building Challenge and the requirement to make the project replicable.
  • Joe David–Sustainability Program Manager, Point 32–David spearheaded the materials specification work for the Bullit Center, an effort that resulted in lasting improvements to the region’s materials manufacturing sector. After working with David, one company, Prosoco, reformulated its “FastFlash” air and water vapor barrier to comply with the Living Building Challenge’s Materials Red List. In another instance, a Shüco, a German window manufacturer, created a partnership with Seattle-based Goldfinch Windows in order to meet the Challenge’s local-sourcing requirements.
  • Diane Sugimura–Director, City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development– Sugimura shepherded the City of Seattle Living Building Pilot Ordinance into a reality and in turn, made the Bullitt Center possible. Her ability to listen to all sides and bring people together to make change will have a lasting impact on Seattle.
  • Dan Hellmuth–Principal, Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects–Helmuth was the lead architect on the Tyson Living Learning Center, one of the first two projects to achieve full certification under the Living Building Challenge. Helmuth can be credited for a large part of that certification process. He has since moved on to his second Living Building project at Berea College in Kentucky and continues to champion the program throughout the Midwest.
  • Bruce Coldham–Partner, Coldham&Hartman Architects–Coldham has over 35 years of experience in the practice of architecture in the US, and Australia. He has been a major champion of the Challenge in the northeastern United States, convening and meeting with other project teams and actively seeking clients and projects where he can bring the challenge forward as an approach.
  • Jerome Partington–Sustainability Manager, Jasmax-Partington is one of our inspirational international leaders. He is a driving force behind Challenge efforts in New Zealand, piloting it on an amazingly inspiring project, the Tuhoe Cultural Center, a Maori cultural center in New Zealand.
Heroes were nominated by Institute staff and other individuals familiar with their accomplishments. They were selected by Sturgeon and Institute CEO, Jason F. Mclennan.