2013 - San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Energy Showcase award for outstanding results in energy efficiency and conservation in the "Federal Government" category. The award recognized projected annual energy savings of 941,069 kWh and 3,734 therms and acknowledged NOAA and the design team's success in promoting energy efficiency through green building design features. Learn more on the SDG&E Energy Showcase website, which includes a videoabout the building, and download the SDG&E case study of the project.
2013 - Project Achievement award for" Building/New Construction/Greater than $25 Million" by the San Diego Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
2013 - Merit Award for Engineering Excellence by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), California, to RBG Consulting, a Michael Baker Company, the project engineers. The award recognized the team's ingenuity and innovative engineering solutions that were critical to the project's success.
2012 - Energy and Environmental Stewardship award "runner up" in the "Building the Future" category from the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Programs, U.S. Department of Commerce. The annual award recognizes people and buildings that have gone "above and beyond" to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship throughout the Department of Commerce.
2008 - American Institute of Architects San Diego chapter Honor Award, a rare honor for a building not yet built. The judging panel was particularly impressed with the project’s inclusion of 90,000 square feet of parking which is entirely hidden from street view and a critical issue for the neighborhood. The design is inspired by and responds to the dramatic site conditions and embraces the culture of that scientific community.
“In science when a solution or breakthrough is reached, the comment is ‘Oh, that was obvious.’ This building has a sense of inevitability, a building that is what it should be. This is the most creative design I have seen as a member of this board.” - Robert Hamburger, UC San Diego Design Review Board Member and former Dean of Faculty at UC San Diego School of Medicine