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Why Kansas City?
Kansas City is a breeding ground for new ideas. Talent is one of our greatest natural resources. It is a place closely connected to nature and her powerful forces. Our comfort with innovation and, at the same time, close connection to history and the world around us are both at the root of what is going on in Kansas City and causing others to take notice nationally.
Share with us how BNIM has innovated in regards to sustainability and human experience.
BNIM's instrumental development of the USGBC, LEED and the Living Building concept, combined with projects, methods and research, shaped the direction of the sustainable movement. Through this involvement, the firm has redefined design excellence to elevate human experience together with aesthetics and building performance. In practice, this multifaceted design excellence has yielded national acclaim, including the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, and consistent design recognition nationally and internationally.
BNIM has received many awards throughout the years, what are some recent ones?
2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award
10 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Small Business of the Year - Mr. K Award
Plus 500 National, Regional and Local Awards
Please share a handful of projects that represent the work of BNIM.
Omega Center for Sustainable Living
Omega is the first project in the world to achieve both 'Living' Status and LEED Platinum.
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 project is the first in the nation to receive 'Living' status in Living Building Challenge 1.3 and LEED Platinum certification. To achieve this, the process relied on a highly collaborative team of experts in wastewater, civil, landscape, mechanical and structural design with a history of working together on high-performance buildings.
Through periodic all-team meetings and on-going collaboration, the team aimed to produce a highly integrated design and, ultimately, a highly integrated building and site, regardless of the Living Building moniker.
The Block Building, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
KANSAS CITY, MO
The Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch Gallery of Art, an expansion to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, fuses architecture with landscape and features five striking glass "lenses" rising from the rolling terrain on the east side of the Museum.
These lenses house gallery space that dots the landscape and allows diffuse light to enter the galleries below and respond to the undulating topography outside. The expansion is the first major addition to this cultural institution and Beaux-Arts style structure since it opened in 1933. It is considered a "feather" to the original museum's "stone."nnThe new addition contains galleries and public facilities including an entry lobby, an art library, a cafe and a sculpture court devoted to the works of Isamu Noguchi. About 55 percent more space is available for the Museum's permanent collection and space for special exhibits is doubled. BNIM was selected to serve as Architect of Record with Design Architect Steven Holl on this major expansion.
Pacific Center Campus
SAN DIEGO, CA
BNIM led the initial Campus Master Plan and Conceptual Design process for the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, California. The master plan was developed as a deeply sustainable and powerful tool to support recruitment, boost productivity and enhance the corporate values of a Fortune 500 company: innovation, execution and partnerships.
The master plan concept was focused on transforming the existing site from a vehicle-oriented development to a pedestrian-oriented campus environment. The master plan design presents opportunities with the other adjacent properties to expand the vision and, in the future, link all of the Fortune 500 company’s facilities into a master corporate campus. An initial opportunity included a new native trail through the Pacific Center Campus Development connecting to the Lopez Canyon trail on the north of the site. This actively used natural amenity provides employees with new connections to the natural environment throughout the campus. The campus design also creates a strong connection to the “Four Corners," a unique location where the company owns four adjacent buildings and a new opportunity to create a gateway connecting multiple developments.
The overall campus design weaves together natural free flowing spaces with refined, public-spirited environments as a common theme, which defines the new campus vision and embraces strong sustainable site strategies for water systems and native ecosystems. The master plan includes a hierarchy of spaces, pedestrian connections and site amenities to knit all of the existing buildings together with the new development into a cohesive holistic campus environment.
BNIM was again selected to lead the design of a two-buildings on the campus. The two buildings add 410,000 square feet of office, dry laboratory, catering/café, health center, fitness center, lecture hall, multi-purpose learning, and conference space to the campus. Both buildings have received LEED gold certification. The new buildings are integrated into an overall campus environment that is organized around properly scaled public spaces, public amenities, and clear circulation systems. The campus experience provides a dynamic social environment for employees, fostering a spirit of community on the new Pacific Center Campus Development.
Both buildings were designed to optimize passive design strategies to achieve high-performance results and provide a high-quality interior workplace environment to boost employee productivity. The buildings' east/west solar orientation and narrow floor plates promote natural ventilation and daylighting, and a high-performance façade design controls heat gain and glare.
The Research and Development (R&D) Building accommodates new office and laboratory spaces. Interior environments focus on enhancing employees' individual surroundings to be more comfortable, inspiring and healthier. Laboratories are centrally located with adjacent workplaces for teams to interact seamlessly with the research environment. Conference spaces are located at the building's central gathering space to foster interaction, collaboration and innovation. The design approach for the R&D Building organized each of these program components distinctly, optimized them for each specific use to increase their individual performance and fully serve the needs of each user and the larger development.
The Amenities Building houses the conference center, dining facility, fitness center and health center. The conference facility provides meeting and learning spaces that are flexible to accommodate varying group sizes while presenting new models for collaborative learning environments. The great hall within the dining space is a transparent pavilion with direct connections to outdoor dining terraces overlooking the sports field and entry courtyard. The fitness facility is located on the second floor with adjacent roof terraces to host outdoor fitness classes. The "Center for the Future of Health" is an environment designed to inspire the next generation of health centers, embodying the true spirit of innovation while fully integrating technology into the user experience.
American Enterprise Group National Headquarters
DES MOINES, IA
From inception, AEG’s art collection was integral to the architecture and distributed throughout public and private areas.The original building fused workplace with this significant art collection — creating a museum within an office. After the renovation, the artwork remains as a critical part of the experience.
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the American Republic Insurance Building fills a half block of land on in the main western central business district.
Occupied by American Enterprise Group (AEG), the building is eight stories tall and was originally designed and constructed in 1965 by the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) under architect Gordon Bunshaft, FAIA.
The building was completed in 1965 and received an AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 1967. Five decades later, following its revitalization, the building won another AIA Honor Award for Architecture, in addition to an American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies Metropolitan Arts Press.
As the building aged, the owner had consciously respected its defining characteristics. However, over the next 50 years, a number of its finishes and materials deteriorated, and its systems were extremely problematic. BNIM completed an extensive complex renovation of the concrete structure while maintaining the building’s original integrity. The concepts that distinguished the building were preserved and augmented with energy efficient systems. Replacing these systems required substantial demolition of walls and finishes, including the exquisitely detailed executive suites.
Following the major demolition of the building to accommodate these new systems, the walls and finishes were meticulously and elegantly reconstructed. In addition to upgrading building systems and lighting to support human health and productivity, BNIM was also charged with providing a functional workplace that integrated current technology. A majority of the original furnishings were selected or custom designed by Bunshaft and SOM. A number of these pieces, including custom desks, were restored and continue to be used in harmony with new, open office workstations that preserve the unobstructed interior views and provide a modern workplace. In keeping with the minimal design, the design team incorporated custom sliding glass door office enclosures in the position of the original offices.
City of Greensburg
In May 2007, a devastating EF-5 tornado destroyed more than 90 percent of the town of Greensburg, Kansas.
At the State's request, BNIM became an early contributor to the town's initial recovery efforts, working with community members and town officials as well as local, state and federal organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
BNIM also contributed to shaping the vision of the nonprofit Greensburg GreenTown, which was formed to help the city's residents rebuild Greensburg as a model green community. In late 2007 and 2008, the firm prepared the first phase of a highly lauded comprehensive master plan to rebuild the city, which provides a framework for the rebuilding of Greensburg based around the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Integrating a high level of collaboration with the entire community, including City officials, City staff, Steering Committee members, and other stakeholders, the Greensburg Master Plan addressed the City's most pressing development needs including:
Design goals and principles for rebuilding
A conceptual design scheme for downtown Greensburg: zoning refinements, infrastructure analysis and a future land use map
Preliminary housing policy recommendations
Streetscape design guidelines for signature streets (Main Street, Hwy 54)
Preliminary energy-efficiency and policy recommendations
A strategy for building a highly walkable community
A conceptual parks and open-space layout
Preliminary cost information for the suggested strategies
In response to the community goal to promote renewable options for energy generation, the City completed a 12.5MW wind farm that produces a 100% renewable source of energy for the town and enables the City to be a net exporter of energy.
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%. BNIM has since designed or consulted on four buildings designed to LEED Platinum standards. More about our projects in Greensburg can be found by clicking on the image above.
John Deere BTI Dealershipn
Greensburg Business Incubator
Greensburg City Hall
Kiowa County K–12 Schools