Knox’s Whitcomb Arts Center Recognized for Excellence in Sustainable Design

The American Institute of Architect’s Committee on the Environment named the Dick and Joan Whitcomb Art Center winner of the 2022 COTE Top Ten Awards, which recognizes the “Top Ten Green New Buildings of 2022” for outstanding achievements in addressing the climate crisis through building design. Each year, 10 projects win the benchmark award for design and sustainability.

Designed by Lake | Flato Architects, the proposal for the art center said there was a “a strong collective desire for a deeply efficient, high-performing and ambitious building that would be a showcase for departmental pedagogy and, by extension, a showcase for environmental and resource stewardship.

The building features solar shading, repurposed campus materials, stormwater management, and native plantings. It also incorporates southern light exposure to reduce the need for artificial lighting and allow for heat gain in the winter.

In 2014, Dick and Joan Whitcomb donated $5 million for the University Building for Studio Art and Art History. This donation remains the largest donation from living donors in Knox’s history.

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