USGBC-Georgia honors 9 with Chrysalis Awards

Chrysalis Awards

Congrats are due to five individuals and four organizations that won Chrysalis Awards at a U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia event Wednesday evening at the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.

The honorees were properties Bank of America Plaza and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground for “Existing Building Transformation”; owner/developer AMLI Residential and consultants SK Collaborative for “Residential Transformation”; Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe of the Georgia Recycling Coalition and Rashid Nuri of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture for “Community Impact”; and Connie Hensler of Interface, John McFarland of Working Buildings and Howard Wertheimer of the Piedmont Park Conservancy in the “Legacy” category.

It so happens that three of the winners had beenĀ involved in the Kendeda Building project (although that’s not necessarily what they were honored for). As university architect at Georgia Tech, Wertheimer oversaw the “ideas competition” to select a design team and shepherded the design process. McFarland served as donors’ representative (meaning that he looked out for the Kendeda Fund’s interests during design. And SK Collaborative did blow-door testing.

According to USGBC Georgia, the chapter “established the Chrysalis Awards to support and recognize the people and projects within our community that [are] driving innovation, transforming their industry, and accelerating knowledge exchange around a diversity of sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to raise the breadth of what sustainability means from a high-performance building to an urban farm feeding a neighborhood, to a material with a low carbon footprint, to a thriving green team within a company.”

The 2019 Chrysalis Award winners. Photo by Dennis Creech.