The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm wins USGBC Sustainability Award

Holly and Smith Architects recently completed project, Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm in Hammond Louisiana, has received regional recognition from the AIA gulf States Region Design Awards program.

All 50 submissions for this year’s AIA Design Awards were reviewed by the in state panel. A list of 7 finalists was sent to the 3 person, out of state panel. The top ranked award won the Sustainability Award. Three other projects were mentioned as notable projects at the awards presentation.

An accomplished group of in-state design professionals made up the awards panel, including: Geoff Gjerston, AIA, Architect, Professor, ULL School of Architecture & Design;  Richard M Longman, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, WHLC Architects;  Lisa H. Nice, AIA, LEED AP, Post Architects;  Trula Remson, FAIA, Partner, Remson, Haley, Herpin Architects;  Kevin Singh, AIA, LEED AP, Professor, Louisiana Tech School of Design; as well as out of state design professionals, including: Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, MALeco, LLC;  Gary Olp, FAIA, LEED AP, LEED Fellow, Owner, GGO Architects; and Sy Safi, WELL AP, Living Building Challenge Ambassador, GCCM Construction Services.

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm Comments:

1250 size is sustainable – less is more, great use of whole site as living room, outdoor kitchen, recreation,

Long term planning and integration of entire site, 20 year landscape development

Creative use of local and reclaimed materials

Energy modeling and holistic approach to meeting net zero – passive and integrated systems

Rainwater management on site

This was a more holistic, sophisticated solution to sustainability than the other projects reviewed.