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May 1, 2008
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Media advisory: KU architecture program unveils ‘green’ arts center for Greensburg

WHAT: An open house at the newly completed 5.4.7 Arts Center, an Earth-friendly structure designed and built by architecture students from the University of Kansas that uses solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal climate control, recycled building materials and other sustainable systems.

The arts center will be the first new public building opened in Greensburg since last year’s devastating tornado. The new structure likely will achieve LEED certification from the U.S Green Building Council, the nation’s most rigorous benchmark for sustainable architecture.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHO: Studio 804, the award-winning design/build program at the KU School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Dan Rockhill, the J. L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture, leads Studio 804. The program twice has won Architecture magazine’s Home of the Year award.

The 5.4.7 Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts group dedicated to raising awareness of fine arts — both visual and performing — by making the arts accessible to everyone and providing an environment to create and gather knowledge through classes, exhibits and performances.

WHEN: 2-8 p.m. Sunday, May 4 (the one-year anniversary of the tornado that struck Greensburg).

WHERE: 204 W. Wisconsin (just north of the Big Well), Greensburg, KS 67054

ONSITE CONTACT: Brendan Lynch, University Relations, (973) 943-5450

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