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We, at Donald Aitken Associates, have dedicated our lives to helping individuals and companies, communities and cities, states and nations, fulfill their missions and goals through policies and buildings that are in harmony and balance with the Earth's natural systems. We believe that we are, thus, contributing to sustainability in the truest sense, while enhancing the quality of life of our clients and the strength and stability of their cultural and economic support systems.


Selected Building Projects
by Donald Aitken Associates

Commercial Buildings

Bartlesville Civic Center (Bartlesville, Oklahoma): a very energy efficient theater design in a harsh climate. Click here for description and pictures.

San Jose State University Library (San Jose, California): The first California State building designed for natural heating and cooling, with no mechanical energy systems. Click here for description and pictures.

U.S. Department of Energy Western Regional Solar Center Office (Portland, Oregon): the only daylit, solar heated and naturally cooled DOE office in the early 80's. Click here for description and pictures.

Sunset Magazine National Editorial Office (Menlo Park, California): the most energy-efficient office building in California in the late 80's, at zero extra first cost. Click here for description and pictures.

Union of Concerned Scientists National Headquarters, (Cambridge, Masachusetts): Very energy efficient and daylit office building with rooftop solar electric system, on Harvard Square. (Description and pictures available soon).

The McKay Environmental Center (Madison, Wisconsin): daylit addition to the educational center in the Wisconsin Arboretum with 10kW roof-integrated solar electric system. (Description and pictures available soon).

The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies (Cupertino, California): model for extremely energy efficient new community college building with natural heating, cooling, daylighting and roof-integrated solar electric system. (Description and pictures available soon).

Residential Buildings

Esperanza del Sol (Dallas, Texas): America's First and award-winning passive-solar heated low-income subdivision. Click here for description and pictures.

The Abbott House (Dallas, Texas): A very energy efficient sustainable Hill Country style custom Texas home, with roof-integrated solar electric system. Click here for description and pictures.

The Bikle Passively Heated and Cooled House (Gardnerville, Nevada): naturally heated and cooled house in a demanding but environmentally supportive climate. Click here for description and pictures.

The Barritt House (Gardnerville, Nevada): Nevada's first energy-efficient, daylit and "net metered" solar-electric tract home, with $86 electricity bill the first year. (Description and pictures available soon.)

Major Solar Water Heating System

San Jose State University Dormitory Solar Water Heating Systems (San Jose, California): the nation's largest solar water heating system (in the mid 70's), built entirely by students. Click here for description and pictures.

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