2014 Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Best Practice Award Winners

The Best Practice Awards Committee and their subject experts are pleased to announce the winners in each of the six categories of the Best Practice Competition. Congratulations to each of these award winning projects!

You can find previously submitted projects by clicking the links below:
2016 Best Practice Award Submissions
2014 Best Practice Award Submissions

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Overall Best Practice Award Winner: Best Practice in Architecture and Engineering

  • Sonoma State University | Donald and Maureen Green Music Center

    The Green Music Center offers a peerless architectural venue with superb acoustics, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come to hear, work alongside, and learn from the very best. The vision achieved for the Green Music Center, comprised of the world class Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, the intimate Schroeder Recital Hall, a multiuse education facility, and an elegant hospitality center was to have a facility that would become a destination and one of the most sought after music and arts venues in the world. This versatile complex is focused on creating the highest quality music education experience and performance venue for students and community.

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Best Practice in Construction Delivery

  • CSU Northridge | Oviatt Library Learning Commons, Lobby, and Coffee House

    Out of the box thinking led to creative ways to complete a challenging project during the summer that had to be finished prior to the beginning of the fall semester. The project’s success in achieving all its goals, including completion on time and under budget, are a direct result of the hybrid delivery method and collaboration work process. The phasing plan was so successful that the Coffee House portion was ultimately built during the day shift with no impact to the Library. Campus facilities staff completed the electrical scope of work, which resulted in $470,000 in cost savings to the project.

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Best Energy Retrofit

  • CSU Sacramento | SMART GRID

    The campus was able to double its capital investment for its Smart Grid project by leveraging a federal Department of Energy grant through a partnership with Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The successful grant opportunity resulted in a $4.7 million dollar contribution which was doubled by a commitment from the campus. The project will yield over 3 Million kWh and 200,000 therms per year in energy savings, offset nearly 1,000 metric tons of CO2 annually and achieve almost $450,000 per year in avoided energy costs. Smart Grid uses an integrated communications and power system approach which allows operations to “speak” to each other and achieve greater efficiency, reliability and safety within the distributed campus grid.

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Best Facilities/Physical Plant Operations

  • CSU San Bernardino | Most Open Valve Strategy (MOV) Central Plant Operation

    The utilization of existing technologies for energy management systems resulted in utility savings of $340,000 per year. The campus achieved overall sustainability goals by creating more efficient operations which lead to less demand on overall equipment lifecycle. The project was innovative, creative and was developed and implemented by the campus’ plant personnel. The project implemented a central cooling plant automated controls system logic and standard operational procedure for a most open valve strategy that has notably improved occupant comfort while significantly reducing operational costs.

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Best Student Achievement in the Physical Environment

  • CSU Northridge | Portable Solar Charging Tree

    The student driven environmentally friendly design and fabrication led to a prototype product that could be applied to commercial applications and used on other campuses. The project meets a need for easily accessible mobile device charging stations anywhere on campus. This is a model of one way in which the campus can provide a living learning laboratory for students to collaborate, explore, and learn and the campus can benefitfrom the creativity, ingenuity and skills of its students.

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Best Practice in Sustainability

  • CSU Sacramento | Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center (STORC)

    Few campuses can claim ownership of a center like this, providing resources such as equipment, space, and staff support for class and independent research projects. The center provides a central place on campus for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on sustainability project development and research. This project is a successful example of how a campus can support hands on learning in the area of sustainability. It brings together students, faculty, staff and even the local community.

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As a registered attendee of the conference, you have the privilege to vote for the overall Best Practice Award winner. You may read the fact sheets for each category winner taking note of your selection for the overall winner. An email will be sent to all registered attendees with voting instructions. Voting will start today, October 7, and close at 5:00 PM, Friday, October 17. The winner of the Overall Best Practice Award will be announced Monday evening, October 20, following dinner in Regency ABC.

A special thank you to all who submitted projects for consideration. The selection committees for all categories would like to emphasize the difficulty of choosing one winning project as all submissions demonstrated exemplary work. Winning projects were selected by committees comprised of impartial judges with expertise in the relevant fields.