New academic building also embodies the values of public health
Milken Institute SPH Earns 2014 Architecture Award
The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University has recently received the prestigious 2014 Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA/DC) Award for Architecture. The $75 million building, which opened in May 2014, was designed by two architectural firms--Boston-based Payette along with DC-based Ayers Saint Gross. The building at 950 New Hampshire Avenue not only includes state of the art classrooms and convening space but it features many architectural elements that can help promote a healthy lifestyle. For example, the building was designed to encourage visitors, students, staff and faculty members to get their daily exercise. Elevators are placed behind a screen to discourage their use and the sky-lit central staircase ascends all of the floors of the building to encourage daily use. The building also includes bike racks to encourage active community, an exercise studio and has other features to encourage physical activity. The architecture award isn’t the first honor bestowed on the building. In July, the Milken Institute SPH earned a LEED platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system. Platinum is the highest certification available under the system, which is operated by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Milken Institute SPH building earned its LEED platinum status with a green roof; rainwater collection system; use of native plants for landscaping; energy-saving lighting controls and other features designed to be environmentally sustainable.