AIA|LA COTE Honor Award for Mesa Court Towers

Date Posted: 11.02.2017

University of California, Irvine Mesa Court Towers received a 2017 COTE Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) at the annual design awards celebration in Santa Monica, California on October 30.

The COTE Awards jury noted that “it’s hard to create an architectural design in which everything is aligned with sustainability. In this particular project, it is very clear how it was designed both ways—running both of the programs at the same time: architecture and sustainability.”

Mesa Court Towers is one of the greenest student living environments in the country with more than 75% of the program area naturally ventilated, including 100% of residential units. Integrated design strategies reflect a three-part approach to reduce energy demand, harness natural systems and leverage the most efficient technology available. The project is on track to achieve 10 points above LEED Platinum certification, and incorporates daylight harvesting, active renewable energy systems and sustainable site strategies. The building is modeled to exceed California Title 24 energy requirements by 34%.

Congratulations to the University and our entire project team! For additional information about this awards program, explore the 2017 AIA|LA awards-winning projects.