Winner of Delmarva Power's "Most Innovative Energy Efficient Design" Award

Galena Bank Exterior  Galena Bank Interior

Peter Newlin, AIA, Marsha Fritz and James Wood Burch, FAIA, (deceased) recently received the "most innovative design" award for their 1982 design of the Galena, MD branch of the Chestertown Bank in the Commercial Building Awards Program sponsored by Delmarva Power & Light.

The Awards Program was open to all commercial buildings constructed on the Delmarva Peninsula over the past ten years. The judges viewed the passive-solar Galena Bank as "most innovative", because it successfully integrated energy-conserving design principles with a traditional architectural form. The architects "creatively considered the building's rural location and owner/occupants," said the judges.

The banking space is entirely lit by natural light and cooled by natural ventilation. Said one of the judges, "This small bank demonstrated the highest level of design integration across building systems among all the buildings reviewed, including the large sophisticated urban buildings." Peter Newlin is responsible for the building's passive solar design.

The commercial building award program is part of Delmarva Power's "Serving & Conserving Delmarva" environmental stewardship program. Awards were presented at the National Engineers Week banquet this week in Wilmington.

Extracted from The Wilmington News Journal — 24Feb91

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