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BNIM is Designing What’s Next >


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BNIM is one of the most significant design firms working to redefine practice in the realm of green architecture today. As early pioneers in the arena of sustainable design, BNIM continues to shape the national and global agenda for responsible architecture and design excellence. Established in 1970, the firm has emerged nationally as a leading resource for established methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in architecture, planning, landscape and workplace design. Our process is deeply rooted in the concept of integration, where clients and collaborators work together to create buildings and spaces that embrace the Triple Bottom Line—a balance of people, planet and prosperity.


Internal Revenue Service Kansas City Campus - LEED Certified


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Omega Center for Sustainable Living First LEED Platinum + Living Building

The Omega Center for Sustainable Design, currently seeking LEED Platinum and Living Building Certification.


BNIM has made sustainability a way of life by thoughtfully considering the generations that follow. As major contributors to the development of the U S Green Building Council (USBGC), members of BNIM were key in authoring the LEED guidelines that have become the standard rating system for sustainable projects today. BNIM served on the Board and on the Technical Advisory Groups for LEED version 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2. In LEED 1.0, the firm had two pilot projects: the Montana State University EPICenter and Canyon Forest Village. It was from the MSU project that the Regional Materials points for LEED were developed. As leaders in the national sustainable design movement, we have the expertise, tools and strategies needed to evaluate LEED, energy performance and building behavior. We have analyzed every LEED point at some time in our design and consulting work, always focusing on cost and value for our clients. Our commitment to sustainability is embedded in every aspect of our work, every layer of design. It is an integral part of the way we collaborate and design every project, and it is a philosophy shared with our clients and consultants.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living, LEED Platinum + Living Building

BNIM is currently involved in the design of several projects that share a common goal to exceed LEED Platinum and meet the Living Building standards developed by the Cascadia Chapter of the USGBC and the International Living Building Institute. All of these projects are designed to meet net zero energy use. The original concept of the Living Building grew out of a research project that BNIM led in collaboration with Montana State University and NIST in the late 1990s and was further defined and analyzed in 2001 through a subsequent BNIM project for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California. These buildings, developments and campuses aim to move beyond the current concepts of sustainable design to become catalysts for restorative design, where buildings act as natural systems within the ecology of their respective sites.


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Name

Rating

System

Status

Location

Role

Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Platinum

NC 2.1

Certified

Rhinebeck, NY

Design Firm

1608 Tennessee

Platinum

LEED for Homes 1.0

Certified

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

1735 Deslonde

Platinum

LEED for Homes 1.1

Certified

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

1714 Tennessee

Platinum

LEED for Homes 1.2

Certified

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

1614 Reynes

Platinum

LEED for Homes 1.3

Certified

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

1817 Reynes

Platinum

LEED for Homes 1.4

Certified

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

Lewis & Clark State Office Building

Platinum

NC 2.0

Certified

Jefferson City, MO

Design Firm

Heifer International Headquarters

Platinum

NC 2.0

Certified

Little Rock, AR

Sustainable Consultant

Greensburg Business Incubator

Platinum

NC 2.2

Certified

Greensburg, KS

Design Firm

Greensburg BTI - John Deere

Platinum

NC 2.2

Certified

Greensburg, KS

Sustainable Consultant

School of Nursing and Student Community Center

Gold

NC 2.1

Certified

Houston, TX

Design Firm

JE Dunn Headquarters

Gold

NC 2.2

Certified

Kansas City, MO

Design Firm

Kansas City Power & Light Headquarters

Gold

CI 2.0

Certified

Kansas City, MO

Design Firm

Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center

Silver

NC 2.2

Certified

Lenexa, KS

Design Firm

Whitaker Office Building

Silver

NC 2.0

Certified

Savannah, GA

Sustainable Consultant

Abercorn Commons

Silver

CS 2.1 Pilot

Certified

Savannah, GA

Sustainable Consultant

Restaurant at Abercorn Commons

Silver

CS 2.1 Pilot

Certified

Savannah, GA

Sustainable Consultant

Bartle Hall Conference Center, Renovation & Expansion

Silver

CS 2.1

Certified

Kansas City, MO

Sustainable Consultant

Internal Revenue Service, Kansas City Campus

Certified

NC 2.1

Certified

Kansas CIty, MO

Design FIrm


Name

Rating

System

Status

Location

Role

Iowa Utilities Board, Office of the Consumer Advocate Building

Platinum

NC 2.2

Registered

Des Moines, IA

Design Firm

Greensburg City Hall

Platinum

NC 2.2

Registered

Greensburg, KS

Design Firm

Greensburg Big Well Museum

Platinum

NC 3.0

Registered

Greensburg, KS

Design Firm

Greensburg School

Platinum

Schools 2.0

Registered

Greensburg, KS

Design Firm

Little Big Horn College Health & Wellness Center

Platinum

NC 3.0

Registered

Crow Agency, MT

Design Firm

Kansas City Power & Light Southeast Service Center

Platinum

NC 2.2

Registered

Kansas City, MO

Design Firm

Eugene Water & Electric Board, Roosevelt Operations Center

Gold

NC 2.2

Registered

Portland, OR

Design Firm

Fort Osage Education Center

Gold

NC 2.1

Registered

Sibley, MO

Design Firm

Sioux City Art Center - Learning Center Addition

Gold

NC 2.2

Registered

Sioux City, IA

Design Firm

Old Music Building Renovation, University of Iowa

Silver

NC 2.2

Registered

Iowa City, IA

Design Firm

Century Towers

Silver

O+M 3.0

Registered

Kansas City, MO

Sustainable Consultant

Comfort Systems USA

Silver

CI 3.0

Registered

Houston, TX

Design Firm

Internal Revenue Service, Philadelphia Campus Consolidation

Silver

NC 2.2

Registered

Philadelphia, PA

Design Firm

Second Line Studios

Certified

NC 2.2

Registered

New Orleans, LA

Design Firm

Parc V Condo

Certified

NC 2.0

Registered

Houston, TX

Design Firm

Canyon Forest Village

NC 1.0

Pilot

Tusayan, AZ

Design Firm

Montana State University, NIST Grant

NC 1.0

Pilot

Bozeman, MT

Design Firm

Des Moines Federal Building

NC 2.0

Pilot

Des Moines, IA

Design Firm

General Services Administration, Finance Offices

CS 1.0

Pilot

Kansas City, MO

Design Firm


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BNIM has experience dealing with all of the common definitions (site, source, cost and emissions) of Net Zero Energy. Our investigations and efforts for Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) are directly connected to our firm’s leadership in creating the definition for a Living Building, now defined by the International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Omega CSL), a BNIM Net Zero Energy Building and certified Living Building, has been operating for over a year.

world’s first off-the-grid lab, incorporating what was, at the time, beyond state of the art technology for energy generation.

the Omega CSL, the Cambrian College Sustainable Energy Centre (SESEC), the Land Institute Research Laboratory and the University of Georgia Odum School of Our first installation of renewables was at Ecology Laboratory incorporate the passive the Missouri Department of Conservation strategies, efficient technologies, demand (2000), where we incorporated three reductions and renewable energy strategies building integrated arrays of the major needed to be a NZEB. Our Platinum PV types produced. In 2004, we increased seeking Tallgrass Prairie Visitor’s Center is the percentage of onsite renewable at the scheduled to have 100% on-site generation. Missouri Department of Natural Resources However, we recognize that not all NZEBs Headquarters (2004) by 2.5%. In the NZEBs can exist through on-site generation only. we have completed and are constructing Therefore, we design each building with today, we routinely continue to increase the intent of utilizing multiple options. All We have been steadily building the knowledge these percentages. five of our Platinum Certified or Platinum to make NZEBs a more frequent occurrence Registered Greensburg, Kansas projects since 1997. Our pathway started with the Since 2005, we have completed several will utilize both on-site renewables and the design for the Montana State University feasibility and fundraising designs for community utility, which is 100% wind farm, Epicenter, which had the goal of being the projects seeking to be NZEBs. Each of them, to reach Net Zero.


We have also designed several Net Zero Energy Ready buildings to address the increasing efficiencies and current expense of renewable energy technology, especially in non-incentivized markets. To achieve this we follow similar design approaches to reduce energy loads to a minimum while maximizing the efficiency of the energy consuming systems. This high performance approach prepares the building for the best opportunity to offset any remaining energy needs through renewable energy sources. We incorporate design approaches and infrastructure to allow installation of on-site renewables to make the project ready as the client’s situation changes. One of our Net Zero Energy Ready building examples is the Iowa Utilities Board and

Office of Consumer Advocate on the Iowa State Capitol Complex. This building was designed to comply with and exceed the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for new buildings by 50%. Of the many things we’ve learned, it is the importance of making an efficient building first. Many of our projects have a goal of being 50% more efficient than the baseline energy code for that jurisdiction. Our experience also shows that the bigger the building energy demand, the more integrated the on-site renewable sources need to be. We are now using energy generation equipment as functioning building components, such as building façade and exterior shading. Right sizing the power service has a ripple effect

on all other building systems and greatly improves the efficiency of the building, reducing equipment size and expense. Our approach is based on understanding that experiments utilize smaller samples, that lab equipment today is more efficient than in previous years and many other factors have changed the energy diets for these types of buildings. Achieving net zero will be easiest to accomplish if all aspects of energy demand and supply systems are carefully analyzed and designed. Our experiences and continual investigations allow our designs to embody the performance, beauty and spirit associated with design excellence.


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The State of Missouri challenged BNIM to design and construct an exemplary office building for the Department of Natural Resources, one that would set new benchmarks for sustainable design without increasing their base budget. Specific goals included energyefficiency, a healthy workplace environment and stewardship of natural resources. The design team implemented a highly integrated design process to achieve this goal. The building’s form, orientation, envelope design and systems (mechanical, electrical, lighting) were integrated to maximize energy performance and optimize daylight and thermal comfort within the workplace.

Water Reclamation

Human Productivity

120,000 50,000 70%

7.5%

State Office Building

water used from reclaimed sources

reduction in absenteeism

Relevant Features

Cost

Electricity Usage

• Lowest operating cost for a state building in Missouri • Lowest construction cost per sq. ft. of any other State office building • LEED Platinum at no premium on cost

$154.78 56%

Building Sq. Ft.

gallon reclaimed water storage capacity

per square foot

more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1-1999 baseline


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In 2006, the Omega Institute commissioned BNIM to design a new highly sustainable wastewater filtration facility with a strong educational component focused on water. The project replaces the current wastewater disposal system for 119 buildings on a 195-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York by using biological methods of treatment via an Eco Machine. As part of a larger effort to educate visitors, staff and the local community on local, regional and global water issues, the project showcases this ecological system in a building that houses the primary treatment cells and a classroom/laboratory. The building received a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is one of the first buildings to receive certification as a Living Building.

Building Sq. Ft.

Water Reclamation Capacity

6,250

38,000 40

1,800

gallons per day (GPD)

gallons. Average Daily Demand

gallon cistern stores enough water for 45 days

Generation Capacity (Electricity)

Electricity Demand

Electricity Usage

2,830

134.2

132.77

-1.43

sq. ft of photovoltaic panels, 211 panels in 3 arrays

Kw/day (48.53 Kw/hour max output)

Kw/day (average)

Kw/day (average) – the building is designed to generate more electricity than it uses

Rainwater Use for Toilet Flushing


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BNIM was selected to design an energy efficient office building on the Iowa State Capitol Complex that would serve as a testament to the sustainable stewardship of the State of Iowa. The building will be a model energy efficient office building to demonstrate proven, cost-effective energy efficiency measures for new construction. The building is designed to comply with the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for new buildings by 50% by the year 2030. As constructed, it is anticipated to achieve LEED Platinum, though it is designed to accommodate additional photovoltaics, which can take the building to a net zero level of on-site renewable energy production and use.

Building Sq. Ft.

Water Management

Rainwater Use for Toilet Flushing

44,640 40%

40

1,800

State Office Building

below code requirements

gallons. Average Daily Demand

gallon cistern stores enough water for 45 days

Generation Capacity (Elec.)

Electricity Demand

Electricity Usage

Renewable Technology

23

27.3

63%

kBTUs / sf / yr (modeled)

kBTUs / sf / yr (modeled)

more efficient than typical office building

• • • •

Photovoltaics Wind Turbine Geothermal Well Field Passive Heating & Cooling


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The Odum School of Ecology is building a new home that will transform education and research by setting a new benchmark as the world’s most sustainable academic lab building. The design’s innovative strategies — green roofs, living walls, water treatment system, photovoltaic cells, natural ventilation, daylight, double skin facades and a collaboration corridor — reinforce the spirit of founder Eugene Odum’s approach to ecosystem ecology by creating a living laboratory that will foster regenerative relationships between the student, researchers, visitors and the natural systems at work in the building and site.

Building Sq. Ft.

Renewable Energy

Waste

100%

150,000 0% Research & Education Building

generated on site

net zero waste generation

Building & Storm Water

Water for Use

Building Features

100%

100%

managed on site

captured on site

• • • •

Designed to achieve Living Building certification No toxic materials used in construction Living walls and green roofs Designed to improve learning and human health


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On May 4th, 2007, an EF-5 tornado hit Greensburg, Kansas, resulting in a tragic loss of life, displacing more than 1,500 residents and destroying 95 percent of the town’s homes and businesses. On December, 17th 2007 Greensburg’s City Council became the first city in the country to adopt a resolution that all city projects would be built to LEED Platinum standards and would exceed the baseline code for energy efficiency by 42%. Greensburg will soon be home to the state of Kansas’ first 7 LEED platinum facilities. All projects designed by BNIM feature integrated renewable energy technology, water reclamation systems, renewable and recycled construction materials, passive heating, cooling and ventilation, and site water management systems. Buildings, sites and spaces are also designed to boost learning, human health and productivity.

Energy Efficiency Goals

42% + less energy used than code-required minimums for all new buildings

LEED Platinum Projects (BNIM) City of Greensburg Goals • • • •

K-12 School City Hall Business Incubator John Deere BTI

1. Community 2. Family 3. Prosperity 4. Environment 5. Affordability 6. Growth

7. Renewal 8. Water 9. Health 10. Energy 11. Wind 12. Built Environment


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BNIM is currently in the early stages of designing the firm’s new headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. It is being designed as a net zero energy building and will focus on elevating human health and productivity.

Waste

Renewable Energy

Building Goals

0%

100%

net zero waste generation

generated on site

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Building & Storm Water

100%

100%

managed on site

captured on site

Natural ventilation Access to daylight and views from all occupied spaces Flexible work environment and open office plan A living machine Renewable Energy Reuse of captured stormwater in irrigation and other uses Reduced energy use Reduced water use 0% runoff Recycled and reused materials Local and regional materials 0% use of hazardous materials Community spaces Connection to the neighborhood Access to public transportation

• Educational and inspirational spaces to benefit the community


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BNIM collaborated with Autodesk in 2009 to research and produce a comprehensive report using state-of-the-art software on a large GSA building for a not-for-profit client in Washington, D.C. The purpose of project was to document the process and results in order to create a map for the future that will transform existing buildings into high performance buildings. The research was initiated in response to the large number of existing buildings in the United States that could potentially benefit from significant building performance improvements. Creating an accurate virtual representation of the building and analyzing it for performance issues allows building owners and designers to make key decisions about how to improve their buildings. Based on the team’s results, it became obvious that implementing energy efficiency strategies, such as daylighting and natural ventilation would not only enhance the internal building environment, it would also take a dramatic step towards once again utilizing innovative natural systems – just as the original design of the building had done.

Savings Per Year

Energy Usage

$470,348

61%

over current operation

less energy per year than current opperation


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Petite Rivière is the first community in Canada designed for high-quality living within the limited resources of one planet. The complex plan for this site is designed to achieve “true sustainability” by stretching beyond the highest green building standards for materials, water, energy and indoor air quality. The project is being designed for Zero Carbon and Zero Waste by using design principles of walkability, mixed-use, connectivity, compactness, regeneration and community. The intention is to reduce the community’s footprint by 70% (compared to the Quebec average). Through holistic planning, the project becomes more than just a home, a park and a business — it becomes a way of living.

Community Footprint

One Planet Living Principles

70%

• • • • •

reduction over Quebec average

zero carbon zero waste sustainable transport local and sustainable materials local and sustainable food

• • • • •

sustainable water natural habitats and wildlife culture and heritage equity and fair trade health and happiness


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Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus (EHC), which is 25 miles north of the main campus in Pittsburgh, PA, will be home to the new School of Sustainability and the Environment and a model sustainable living and learning community for the region and beyond. Eden Hall Campus is envisioned as a climate positive campus—where on-site greenhouse gas emissions are actually less than zero. As such, the precincts, buildings, sites, and infrastructure will employ integrated high-performance solutions and renewable energy resources to produce more energy than they utilize. Additionally, buildings and landscapes will manage all rain and wastewater on-site and will serve as pedagogical tools for students, faculty, and visitors.

Waste Goals

Renewable Energy Goals

Building Types

0%

100%

• residential

net zero waste generation

generated on site

• laboratory • classroom • dining • lecture/performance • public outreach • community center

Building & Storm Water

Water for Use

100%

100%

managed on site

captured on site


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Omega Center for Sustainable Living First LEED Platinum + Living Building


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