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.
BNIM, in collaboration with Moore Ruble Yudell, recently worked with the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC to design a new building. The Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides new spaces for the demands of increased student population, the specialized needs of entrepreneurial education programs and to serve the growing executive education programs of the Bloch School, while also serving the currently unmet needs for teaching spaces to serve the undergraduate and graduate programs of the school. The design of the new 68,000 square foot building is intentionally simple and elegant. It includes a 200-seat auditorium, multiple flexible and active learning classrooms, seminar rooms, finance lab, and faculty offices. The upper three floors of the building are connected by an open, light-filled lobby that includes an amphitheater will serve as an important student gathering area for the entire school.
BNIM has been working with Make It Right since it was started in 2007 with the goal to build 150 sustainable and affordable homes in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, BNIM once again teamed up with Make It Right on the Bancroft School Project, which converted an abandoned, historic
Gunnar Hand has been named one of Next City’s 2015 40 under 40. He was selected from an inspiring pool of 300 high-achieving candidates hailing from many of the most influential organizations in the urban sphere and was selected because of his commitment to urban innovation, ability to affect change and vision for the future.
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.