College Planning & Management

APR 2013

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STUDIO 804 FROM FARM TO PLATINUM. The LEED Platinum-certified, Studio 804-designed Center for Design Research at the University of Kansas, on the site of a former dairy farm, implements sustainable strategies to maximize the potential of existing resources. Through the implementation of sustainable clean energy systems, the building provides a space for professional collaboration and community education displaying a wide range of sustainable strategies. Because of its "proof of concept" status, numerous corporations and energy-related companies participated in the design of the facility. to environmental stewardship that Studio 804 is able to continue its service to the community and educate the general public through the use of innovative technologies. embodied by design/build, a delivery model that is gaining widespread interest in the architectural profession. With sustainability, affordability, and constructability dominating their collective interests, Studio 804 educates students using a hands-on approach, not only doing the design but also building it, often using new techniques developed through its own research. For 17 years, Studio 804 has pioneered new technologies and advanced construction techniques to produce one building per year, including four LEED Platinum projects completed to date and two additional projects pending LEED Platinum certification. The studio operates out of the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning's 67,000-sq.-ft. East Hills shop and fabrication facility, just outside Lawrence. The facility allows for much of the design to be prefabricated, an asset to each project's intense schedule. It is through the support of organizations and individuals committed 30 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 Six Platinum Projects Studio 804 has completed four LEED Platinum buildings in Kansas; a sustainable prototype for tornado-ravaged Greensburg, (the first LEED Platinum in the state), two residences in Kansas City, and the Center for Design Research on the KU campus in Lawrence. Galileo's Pavilion at Johnson County Community College and the EcoHawks Research Facility at KU are pending LEED certification and will collectively give the Studio six LEED Platinum projects. They have also completed two Passive House Institute Certifications. "We weigh heavily the environmental impact of our design decisions and take pride in leading the conversation about the need for environmental stewardship," says Dan Rockhill, Studio 804's leader. "Universities are about ideas and service to communities. Our role is to demonstrate the ideas and concepts that will propel us into a future that builds on the successes and mistakes of the past. Studio 804 hopes to share the vision of likeminded WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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