Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College

Lauded as “the most remarkable” of a new generation of environmentally responsible buildings by the New York Times, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies has received local and national recognition..

Winner of the coveted AIA Top Ten Green Buildings Award and a LEED Pilot project.

This award winning design for the 13,600 SF Lewis Center at Oberlin College embodies the concept of a “building like a tree”: the facility produces its own energy through photovoltaic panels and, like a tree, where waste becomes food, solid waste from the building is treated in a solar aquatic treatment facility which uses natural systems to break down the waste turning it into healthy soil. Design direction provided by Chris Hays, while Design Partner at William McDonough + Partners

  • Top Ten Green Buildings, AIA Committee on the Environment 2002
  • Honor Award, AIA Committee on Architecture and Education, 1999
  • LEED Pilot