10 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Awards

BNIM has received ten AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards, including the 2014 COTE Plus Award for the Iowa Utilities Board - Office of Consumer Advocate, a 2012 AIA COTE Top Ten Project Award recipient that demonstrates quantifiable metrics for sustainable design.

A motorized adaptive shading system allows the building to outperform the baseline energy goal by 66%

Makers Quarter Block D is a 6-story collaborative office hub in the heart of the development. With retail and restaurant suites on the ground floor, the building has been designed for street level activation and to encourage interaction from the surrounding community. Rated LEED Platinum and Net Zero, highly flexible office suites utilize natural ventilation through the use of motorized windows and garage doors on each level. An exposed concrete frame integrates with the natural ventilation systems to utilize a night purge of thermal mass for passive cooling during the day. A high performance facade utilizes two active shading systems that enhance daylighting and provide flexibility to operate preferences within individual tenant spaces

"BNIM takes a very site specific approach in their planning efforts, and in doing so allows for community engagement, through tactical urbanism, to be embedded and integrated into the value system of their design strategy. We’ve been most impressed with their genuine excellence and holistic approach to sustainability and urban density as it relates to the design of the office space within Makers Quarter. By intertwining public realm and open space, they’ve helped us to create an environment that appeals most competitively to prospective tenants and our ethos of future workplace.”  

Stacey Pennington, Makers quarter client, principal/founder of slp urban planning

105% total building energy usage provided by use of 344 solar panels

 A unique passive design system was utilized to embrace the southern California climate, and a narrow building footprint provides year-round optimal temperatures throughout the building. Innovative design strategies, such as thermal chimneys and roof monitors, create increased natural ventilation, lower building energy consumption, and decrease mechanical infrastructure. Other sustainable strategies, such as rainwater harvesting, renewable energy, and daylight harvesting, were incorporated to provide the user with a "long life, loose fit" building, which allows the Maintenance and Operations Complex to remain useful and operational well beyond the life many similar buildings.

“They helped us think differently about what a parking structure [East Campus Parking Garage, Washington University in St. Louis] could be; stretching our thinking and identifying opportunities to be better than the expected. We were just thinking about parking - the BNIM team made it about 'the possibilities for the arrival experience to the university campus.' ”

James Kolker, faia, university architect, associate vice chancellor

91% of regularly occupied spaces provided with daylight and views

BNIM led the initial Campus Master Plan and Conceptual Design process, which was completed in April 2012, for the Pacific Center Campus Development.  In August of that year, BNIM was again selected to lead the design of a two-building campus expansion. 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.

16-18% Increase in Employee Productivity

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.

“When we were discussing this project, one of the things that really struck was the deliberate, beautiful, elegant way that the designers worked to connect people, but to also connect to the natural setting. Not only in terms of the massing of the project, down to the details, the view, the light, how buildings related to each other and created the courtyard as the centerpiece of all that.”
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"The BNIM architects did an amazing job of designing a state-of-the-art addition [for the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences] that recognizes who we are and how we go about our work of educating students and creating new knowledge.  For example, the addition is filled with windows and sky-lights for daylighting, has ample space for spontaneous collaborative learning with tables, chairs, and technology distributed through-out.  The architects worked closely with our faculty and staff to learn what we need to achieve even more; as a result we now have a beautiful fluids lab that includes a wind tunnel, a tow tank, state-of-the-art visualization capabilities, and more.  The addition also has modern classrooms which seamlessly support active learning, collaborative learning, or traditional lectures.  We have a design studio that encourages our students to explore and develop their creative skills.  There are numerous new state-of-the-art research labs to support our thriving research enterprise. In short, this new addition makes us better – it enhances everything that we do."

Alec Scranton, dean, college of engineering | University of Iowa

75 kBtu/SF/year energy use, 24% better than baseline

The Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology established and achieved strong sustainable goals, fulfilled a commitment to LEED Certification, and utilized a highly integrated design process. The project redeveloped an existing urban site, improved stormwater management for the surrounding urban area, and created pedestrian and public transportation connections to the neighborhood. The building design holistically incorporated recycled content materials, diverted waste from the landfill, and created a highly productive and energy efficient interior environment through integrated water, HVAC, and lighting systems. CAET was optimized for daylighting and lighting controls and received a LEED Gold Certification in December 2017.

2020 AIA Kansas - Honor Award

2020 AIA Springfield - Honor Award 

Ozark Education Center, Bull Shoals Field Station - Missouri State University

2021 AIA Iowa: Excellene in Design, Honor Award

Psychological and Brain Sciences Building - University of Iowa


89% Increase in Student/User Capacity

The BNIM team utilized the community’s vision and roadmap findings to program and design the transformation of both buildings into a scholarly community of inspirational spaces. In the spirit of a knowledge-based community, the new library design aspires to be extroverted and porous, and it is well integrated and connected to the campus and community. Central to the long-term success of Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower is the concept of “long life, loose fit” — that the ability to address future, unanticipated needs is something that can be designed. Price Gilbert, with its open plan and high-ceiling reading rooms, is already an exemplar of this mentality; the goal is to capitalize on and retain its adaptable nature while providing for the same at Crosland Tower. The renovation creates spaces that are functional, flexible, and have plentiful daylight and views. After the renovation, the population using the buildings has doubled—the 1,250 seats in the buildings grew  to 2,360—yet total energy consumption is reduced by about a third, and energy consumption per capita is 80% less than previously.


"Far more than a renovation of two mid-20th century buildings, BNIM’s work [Price Gilbert Crosland Tower Renewal] is truly a renewal of the spirit of the library and a reminder of its connection to people, place, and time."

Dean Catherine Murray-Rust, georgia institute of technology - Price gilbert crosland tower library renewal

Visits of potential students increased from 190 in the 2014-2015 academic year (before the new facility opened) to 270 in 2017-2018

Over the last decade, the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design (APDesign) at Kansas State University has risen in stature and recognition among the nation’s design programs, and the program’s home in the historic Seaton Hall complex came to no longer support the college’s needs. The new addition stitches together the two renovated historic buildings of Seaton East (1908) and Mechanics Hall (1874), and is punctuated by “The Jewel,” a transparent, three-story social container and entry courtyard that assumes the new face of APDesign. Located in the heart of the campus network, the facility is situated to become a hub of interdisciplinary interaction, engaging KSU in a unified expression of innovation, excellence, and sustainability.

"We're proud of our new facility, showing tradition and modernity in harmony together."

Dean Tim de Noble, FAIA, kansas state university college of architecture, planning, and design