H.B. Fuller Co. recently announced that its world headquarters building in Vadnais Heights, MN, has received the 2010 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota 25-Year Award. Established by AIA Minnesota in 1981, the award recognizes exemplary architectural projects that have withstood the test of time. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, the H.B. Fuller building represents the mid-century efforts of the architectural profession to address environmentally responsible building and energy conservation. The building was designed at the time of the energy crisis of 1979 and was aligned to H.B. Fuller's vision of environmental sustainability. The site consists of several acres of wetland habitat and a 60-acre lake, so the goal was to create minimal impact upon the site. Upon completion, 97% of the site was preserved as unmodified wetland and wildlife habitat. Over the years, the building has received numerous national conservation and innovation awards due to its highly energy-efficient structure.
"We at H.B. Fuller are proud to receive this recognition for our long-term commitment to responsible environmental stewardship," said Michele Volpi, CEO. "Our headquarters site is just another representation of our commitment to innovation and sustainability which we strive for in our research, products, and all aspects of how we operate."
Jurors for this year's 25-Year Award were John Cuningham, FAIA, founder of Cuningham Group Architecture; Nathan Johnson, AIA, 2009 Young Architect recipient and founder of 4RM+ULA; and Blaine Brownell, AIA, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design and founder of the design/research firm Transstudio.
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