Tarrant Regional Water District Annex — Fort Worth, Texas

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This 26,000-square-foot building, which houses the district’s engineering and information services departments, received the USGBC’s Gold Level LEED Certification. The Annex boasts one of the largest roof-mounted solar panel systems in the state of Texas. The 236-kilowatt system of 1,157 photovoltaic panels will provide 70 percent of the building’s energy as well as surplus electricity for the power grid.

Other eco-friendly features include local and recycled materials; high-performance mechanical systems; exterior glazing; three 2,500-gallon cisterns to catch rainwater; a drip-irrigation system for landscaping featuring drought-resistant native vegetation; an energy-efficient lighting system with abundant natural light; and lobby furniture made of 85 percent recycled materials.

The building plan creates a series of courtyards that maximize natural light and views.

  • Honor Award 2009 — Fort Worth Chapter of The American Institute of Architects