Last week New York City welcomed some of the most passionate building professionals in the country to celebrate their work improving and innovating existing structures including an elementary school, office buildings, two universities, a hotel, a waterfront residential complex, and a community center. Teams of finalists joined NYC’s sustainability leaders for a fantastic night at the fifth annual EBie Awards at the Hard Rock Café LIVE Theater in Times Square. Here are photos of the event in case you missed out on the action!
This year’s trophies were the most stunning yet!
Broadway singers Christine Dwyer and Jeff Cuttler charmed the crowd with their renditions of “As Long As You’re Mine” from Wicked and “Suddenly Seymour” from The Little Shop of Horrors.
Seasoned industry leaders from all sectors announced the winners in six categories focused on improvements to energy efficiency, water use, innovation, scalability, and more. Urban Green’s Education Director Ellen Honigstock joined Artie Klock of Local No. 1 Plumbers to present the award for Take Me to the River, recognizing the impressive water conservation achievements of property manager Dyron Dinsmore at the Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta.
Bruce Hall of Parkway Properties accepted the Verdant Brainiac award for innovative efforts at One Orlando Centre in Orlando. The team cut water use by 30% and created a habitat for sea life by turning an old chiller into an artificial reef, but according to Hall, they were just “doing the right thing.”
Varun Kohli of HOK Architects and Rand Ekman of HKS Architects presented the award for It Takes a Village, recognizing across-the-board improvements in commercial tenant spaces, to Byron Cotton at Viacom’s New York office.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America team, led by Jean Pullen of Southface in Atlanta, won the EBie for most improved portfolio: All Together Now.
Josh Weisstuch of L+M Development won one of two All-Rounder awards for his work on Arverne View, a Rockaway Beach affordable housing complex critically damaged by Superstorm Sandy.