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.

81% More Efficient than the National Office Building Average

The Iowa Utilities Board - Office of Consumer Advocate client set a goal to achieve a 60% energy savings beyond the energy code baseline (ASHRAE 90.1-2004). Two years after opening, the project is performing at 75% energy savings beyond the ASHRAE  energy code baseline and 81% below the national office building average. At a cost of $226 per square foot, inclusive of site cost, it is an efficient and replicable model for others. Also embedded within the costs is a bonus: photovoltaic panels (PV) are mounted on the roof and generate 21.2% of the building’s energy. 

  • 95% of the regularly occupied spaces in the building have daylight. 
  • 98% Of building receives enough daylight that lights are off during daylight hours 
  • 89% Of construction waste was recycled 
  • 46% Reduction of regulated potable water

“From the beginning BNIM was active in achieving our goals for the highest levels of energy efficiency. Our headquarters building demonstrates that an elegant, high performance workspace that also inspires high performance among its occupants can be achieved on a state budget. The success of IUB/OCA is a testament to integrated design and close collaboration with a focused architectural partner, such as BNIM.”


27% Reduction in Crime

Bancroft school signals a catalytic shift in community revitalization, that began with the residents of Manheim Park boldly claiming a new future, and a broad public-private partnership and strategic investment of leadership, design, capital and philanthropy. This effort has already resulted in a remarkable reduction in crime — from 2011-2012 there was a 27% reduction in crime reported — and increase in hope. As residents claim their new homes, the legacy becomes the development of human capital by design. This is urban acupuncture and it redefines urban redevelopment.

"In recent years, BNIM has continued to defy commonplace expectations with new projects, such as the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, a net zero energy and water project which won our Living Building Design Competition and your recent AIA COTE Top Ten award. Because of their continuous leadership, when it came time to determine the next level of performance within the LEED system, I could think of no more qualified firm to be a part of crafting this tool. And, once again, BNIM is helping define the leading edge of architecture."
S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, US Green Building Council

80% Reduction in Back Orders & New Orders Fulfilled 60% Faster

The Bannister Federal Building has long provided warehouse space for government services. BNIM’s adaptive reuse of a portion of this space from warehouse into office space incorporates a skylight atrium and circulation corridor, which provides light to a shared conferencing center and the offices of the Federal Supply Service. The FSS reports that employees from other parts of the building are seeking out the amenity of the atrium and its own employees have increased capacity.

9% Reduction in Absenteeism

The LEED Platinum Lewis and Clark State Office Building is another example of how high-performance building strategies can increase employee performance. Since moving to the space, absenteeism has been reduced by 9%. The design utilizes daylight, natural ventilation, access to views and workstation strategies for individualized climate control.

"When UMKC was going to build Bloch Hall, I knew the team that I wanted to design the building. BNIM has proven that they can bring about great things for arts and education."
Henry Bloch, Founder H&R Block

"BNlM’s leadership has been critical to the success of this project. We have been greatly impressed by the depth of their staff at all levels, whether related to design or technology, building codes, sustainability, envelope detailing, waterproofing or specifications. Their goal has been to make the finished product the best it can be, consistent with our budget. BNIM is a valued team member, willing to listen closely, to offer their professional advice, to be patient, and to lead."
Jane Curry, AIA, LEED AP, Sr. Project Manager, Princeton University, Office of Design and Construction


60% Cost Savings for Purchased Utilities 

The LEED Gold School of Nursing and Student Community Center is realizing a considerable savings in annual purchased utilities costs of 60% less than comparable buildings on the campus. In addition, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing has been ranked among the top five percent of the nation’s nursing schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of the influential “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide.

2016 AIA National Honor Award 

American Enterprise Group - National Headquarters Renovation

2015 AIA Kansas City: Honor Award
2015 AIA Iowa: Excellence in Design, Honor Award

Lutheran Church of Hope - Ankeny


Rewarded People, Rewarding Culture

As BNIM's design practice continues to thrive, our people and culture have been honored in various capacities. Kristin Atkinson was honored as a 2016 CFO of the Year by the Kansas City Business Journal; Carey Nagle received the 2016 AIA Young Architect award; Maria Maffry was selected as a member of Kansas City Business Journal’s 2015 Women Who Mean Business; Dan Siroky won Acadia’s 2015 Hackathon; and Rod Kruse was honored with AIA Iowa’s 2014 Medal of Honor. The firm was recognized with ArtsKC’s 2016 Fund Excellence Award for its support in fundraising and with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Mr. K Award, given to the top Small Business of the Year.


“While our definition of good design has expanded over the last 45 years, it is still focused on people. People working with people to explore the power of human potential to dream, love, create, collaborate, and inspire."
bob berkebile, Principal emeritus 

70% Increase In Enrollment

The Kansas City Ballet saw an increase of 70% in school enrollment from 2010 – 2011, the last year prior to the new building, to the 2012 - 2013 season, the year in the new building. Ticket sales for their annual play, the Nutcracker, rose by 28% and overall season attendance was up by 92% during the same time.

[The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity] is truly an excellent dance building. I’m lucky enough to travel all over the world and see dance facilities everywhere and I can’t think of one in the world that is more beautiful than this building. 
Michael M. Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts