Gary Comer Youth Center (Green Roof)
- John Ronan Architects
- Comer Science and Education Foundation
- Consultants Arup (Structural); Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture
- Division Institutional
- Location Chicago, IL
- General contractor W.E. O'Neil Construction
Amid a large number of green-roof entries, this one stood out as "exceptional," jurors said. The roof garden is not only there to reduce climate-control costs, but as an outdoor classroom within the center's youth horticulture and environmental awareness programs. In soil 24 inches deep, children can grow vegetables, flowers, herbs and other plants; vegetables grown here are harvested for use in cooking classes downstairs. The space is "beautiful and usable," jurors said.