Divine Detail Award

In late 2007, Optima received a Devine Detail Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago for the use of steel arbors to hold photovoltaic panels on the green roof of Optima Biltmore Towers.

This relaxing and livable environment atop the 15-story building, which also features a pool and spa, is accented by the incorporation of the arbors and green-technology solar panels.

"Clever integration," a juror said of the devices, which use green technology in a way that performs a simple function—providing shade