Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Location: Wallingford, Connecticut
Award of Excellence
Designed to achieve net zero energy usage, this environmental center is both environmentally responsible and perfect for teaching environmental responsibility.
Some schools build environmentally responsible buildings; other schools teach environmental responsibility. Designed to achieve net zero energy usage, the new LEED Platinum Kohler Environmental Center brings these two objectives together, accommodating cohorts of up to 20 students for a total immersion environmental living-learning experience. Feedback from the building's monitoring systems enables students to teach themselves important lessons about how to live sustainably and responsibly.
This is a beautiful, site-specific, and sustainable solution to a unique opportunity of marrying a high-performance building with environmental educational programming. Interiors are warm, comfortable, and visually connected to the exterior, supporting the pedagogical aspirations.