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STUDIO 804 FEELING ENERGIZED. Construction began in January on the EcoHawks Research Facility on the West Campus of the University of Kansas. EcoHawks focuses on sustainable energy for transportation, including alternative fuels and the interconnection between water and energy production, and this new building will provided badly needed new space for the growing program. Calculations by Studio 804's students predict the building's photovoltaic panels, and a proposed wind turbine, could produce up to 12 percent more energy than the facility will consume. The excess electricity can be fed into power lines and the savings credited to the University through net metering. 38 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 EcoHawks Research Facility EcoHawks, a student research program run by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, focuses on alternative energy for transportation. The rapid expansion of the program has led to the need for a new facility to showcase the EcoHawks' research, providing the current Studio 804 class with an opportunity to continue its tradition of designing and constructing high-quality, innovative, and sustainable buildings. The similar ideologies and goals of both the EcoHawks program and Studio 804 make the collaboration of the two groups a natural partnership. The iconic building will aid in the research, fabrication, and refurbishment of electric vehicles. The EcoHawks Engineering Research and Teaching Facility will contain designated areas for computer workstations and prototype testing. Highbay fabrication spaces will be completely glazed to allow visitors to view research in progress and allow for maximum visibility and solar gain. To offset the high heat transfer and improve energy performance, Studio 804 is developing a system to raise and lower aerogel panels behind the glass façade. The Studio is working closely with seven different corporations to bring about the innovative technology that will minimize nighttime heat loss in larger commercial buildings with glass façades. Using passive and active sustainable systems and technologies, the building is intended to be Studio 804's sixth LEED Platinum building. For more information on Studio 804, visit studio804.com. CPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM