Prairie Pointe Townhomes VOC
Prairie Pointe is a LEED Platinum development of rental housing for people in the community who are living on fixed incomes. Plans for this project were instigated by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation soon after the tornado, who wanted to make sure that residents had an affordable place to call home as quickly as possible. The project was financed in large part by the federal Housing Tax Credit Program. It is the first LEED Platinum new construction affordable housing development in Kansas with this distinction, and the third in the nation. WASTE
The townhomes were built on land that was occupied by the high school prior to the tornado. There are 16 two-bedroom apartments, eight of which underwent the rigors of LEED certification. Residents are saving as much as 40% of their energy costs and are using 20% less water than comparable, traditionally-built ap apartments. par artm t ent
20 The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department is located near the County Courthouse. While the old Courthouse thouse e was was intact enough to be retrofitted after the tornado, the Sheriff’s building, which houses the jail and administrative offices, had to be rebuilt. It was constructed to LEED® Silver standards and as of this writing is awaiting certification. Utility costs for this building are calculated on the same bill as the Courthouse; these two facilities together are realizing $1,000 per month in energy savings. Special features include a geothermal system (28 wells); water conservation through rainwater harvesting, low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets; and native landscaping served by a drip irrigation system.
Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department