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2011 Building New Hampshire Award Winners Announced: Recognized for Sustainable Building and Remodeling Projects in the Granite State

Published November 2, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, NH — Fourteen New Hampshire builders, architects, and homeowners were named the winners of the prestigious 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards. The announcement was made today at an awards breakfast held at the Residence Inn/Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, New Hampshire's first LEED-certified hotel and conference facility.

The winning entries were selected in recognition of their work to build, remodel, or retrofit an energy-efficient, high-performance residence or commercial building. The award-winning projects were designed and built to minimize their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Energy Star-, LEED-, ReGreen-, and National Green Building Standard-certified are considered equally.

“The winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards are the people to watch,” said Kathy Poggi, principal of Seacoast Ink and producer of the awards program. “With a sense of responsibility, they’re the ones who are producing some of the most innovative, sustainable building and remodeling projects in the Granite State.”

In the residential home building category, winners included Ridgeview Construction, Ultra Geothermal, and In-Laws Construction LLC. The high-performance residential remodel award went to homeowners Katherine Hartnett and Rachael Stuart for the energy-efficient transformation of their 1910 Berlin bungalow.

As a member of the board of directors and chair of the building committee for Habitat for Humanity of the Ammonoosuc Region, John Starr of Starr Construction received the Lending a Hand Award for his contributions in the design and raising of a National Green Building Standard Silver-certified Habitat home in Whitefield. Caroline George and family members accepted the first Doug George Award in honor and in memory of the late Doug George. George, who passed away in 2009, had built nearly 100 high-performance homes, becoming recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer in the movement to conserve energy in a well-built home.



Winning architects and builders in the commercial build category were Pro-Con Inc., Harriman Architects and Engineers, Eckman Construction Co., and Lavallee Brensinger Architects, which took two of the awards—for their design of the Primex Office Complex in Concord, as well as for Pondside III, a student residence facility at Keene State University.

Commercial remodel and retrofit project awards went to Breathe New Hampshire for the energy-efficient revival of its new Manchester facility and to Regeneration Park, for its conversion of the former Edwards Toyota retail automotive showroom on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth into a sustainable, multi-use green office and retail building.

The award for outdoor community space was given to Belknap Landscape Co. for its rejuvenation of Laconia’s Stewart Park and River Walk Extension.

“By spotlighting these progressive members of the New Hampshire building community, it’s our hope that others will follow their leads,” commented Poggi. “Through their commitment, they’re making New Hampshire a more sustainable place in which to live, work, and play.”

Story released by Kathy Poggi,
Principal of Seacoast Ink and producer of the awards program


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