The BNIM designed GSA/EPA Region 7 Headquarters has achieved a LEED Platinum Certification for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EB O&M v.09). The rigorous process in obtaining this certification is a rare achievement at this high level. The recognition places the EPA Region 7 Office as a standout for GSA and EPA on the Green Buildings listing having now been awarded both LEED-NC Gold and LEED-EB O&M Platinum certifications.
Oberlin College is a national leader in both the arts and environmental sciences. The plan for the Green Arts District is to augment Oberlin's world-class reputation with facilities that bring the arts and sciences together in a way that transforms human potential and the way it is communicated. The District will be a global model for high performance buildings and whole systems thinking, maximizing the ability to build synergistic relationships between infrastructure, ecology, economy and human productivity and prosperity. In its initial phases, the current work involved a wide variety of campus and community stakeholders aligned around a common vision and program to craft a fund-raising package capable of communicating the opportunity. Completed in early 2010, the initial planning phase sets the path for ongoing work to make the Oberlin Green Arts District a development capable of uniting the university and community around this important calling.
Gone are the days of taking trips to local photo centers and developing the enigmatic negatives from the family camera, only later to return and open that familiar yellow envelope unveiling each 4x6 glossy moment. Today the ‘need it now’ paradigm, as in most processes of to the digital revolution, has transformed photography into a medium as
Whether a new friend or a longtime friend, Steve's manner, his humor, his care and focused attention to all whom he encountered were a gift that will not be forgotten. BNIM fondly remembers Steve Metzler and his legacy of philanthropy and support for the arts in Kansas City.
IUB-OCA is only the second project to receive an AIA COTE Plus Award, which is awarded to one former AIA COTE Top Ten Green project each year based on proven performance. Projects are selected for exceeding performance expectations. This project, a net-zero ready model of integrated beauty and performance, is performing at 81% below the national office building average for energy consumption. The IUB-OCA received a COTE Top Ten Green Award in 2012.