KU News Release


Jan. 19, 2010
Contact: Dan Rockhill, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, (785) 864-4024

Studio 804 residence in Kansas City earns LEED Platinum status

LAWRENCE — The home built last year in Kansas City, Kan., by Studio 804, a design-build studio at the University of Kansas, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, a first for a residence in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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Platinum is the highest rating level of the internationally recognized LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, which awards points for meeting particular green building criteria, including sustainable resource use, energy savings, water efficiency, C02 emissions reduction and improved environmental quality.

The goal of the Studio 804 residence, at 3716 Springfield St., was to implement the most technologically advanced systems available to create an unprecedented example of sustainability within the area.

The home incorporates many strategies aimed at reducing energy consumption but also strives to generate a surplus, which can be fed back into the electrical grid. The 24 photovoltaic solar panels and a residential wind turbine actively harness energy provided by the site, while the thermal mass of a concrete floor absorbs heat from the winter sun that supplements the geothermal heat pump, which extracts warmth from deep underground. An energy recovery ventilator helps to maintain a constant temperature within the residence, yielding in less energy requirements for heating and cooling.

Other systems such as pervious pavement, a drought tolerant lawn and a rainwater reclamation system were implemented to help reduce any impact the residence might have on the immediate community and environment.

Studio 804 is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit design-build program at KU’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning that focuses on the creation of community-based architecture. The Studio 804 experience encompasses all aspects of the building process, from initial design through finished construction. Studio 804 is directed by Dan Rockhill, the JL Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture.

For more information, visit www.studio804.com.

Students and recent graduates who participated in the 2009 studio are listed below by hometown, parents’ names and high schools or previous degrees.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Jesse J. Brubacher, former master’s of architecture student; bachelor’s in architectural studies from KU, summer 2003; Hesston High School.

Benjamin Gregory Chapman, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; bachelor’s in design from KU, fall 2003; McPherson High School.

Caleb John Reed, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009.

From Lawrence 66046
Kathryn Anne Frick, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; Lawrence High School.

HARVEY COUNTY
From Newton 67114
Blake A. Perkins, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; son of Linda Fisher; Newton High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Overland Park 66213
Patrick Benjamin Noble, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; son of Eric and Colleen Noble; Olathe East High School.

Andrew D. Thomas, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; bachelor’s in architectural studies from KU, spring 2003; Blue Valley Northwest High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67220
Stephanie Dianne Winn, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009, daughter of Richard and Terria Winn; Independent High School.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66610
Kyle Greggory Davis, bachelor’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009, son of Gregg and Kathy Davis; Washburn Rural High School.

From Topeka 66614
Frank Wayne Lindemann, master’s of architecture student, son of Don and Theresa Lindemann; bachelor’s of architectural studies from KU, spring 2006; Washburn Rural High School.

CALIFORNIA
From Sacramento 95837
Molly Catherine Fogarty, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; daughter of Christopher and Meliss Fogarty; Mira Loma High School.

ILLINOIS
From Barrington 60010
Alison Marie Lampier, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; daughter of Paul and Holly Lampier; Barrington Community High School.

From Grayslake 60030
Garret M. Wilson, master’s of architecture student, son of Glenn and Janell Wilson; Warren Township High School, Gurnee, Ill.

MASSACHUSETTS
From Boston 02114
Danielle Seung Mee Blodgett; master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; bachelor’s degree from Mass College of Art.

MINNESOTA
From Aitkin 56431
Jared M. Eder, master’s of architecture from KU, fall 2009.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City 64157
Jason Lee Sadler, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; son of Doug and Linda Sadler; Liberty (Mo.) High School.

From St. Louis 63119
Rebecca Suzanne Maness, bachelor’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; daughter of Mark and Maggie Maness; Webster Groves (Mo.) High School.

From St. Louis 63128
Joshua J. Bender, bachelor’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009, son of Joseph and Sharon Bender; Lindbergh High School.

From St. Louis 63139
Erik Anderson Biggs; master’s of architecture student; bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

NEBRASKA
From Omaha 68144
Samuel Ben Edelstein, bachelor’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; son of Stanley and Ellene Edelstein;Millard North High School.

SOUTH DAKOTA
From Flandreau 57028
Collin J. Jacobs, master’s of architecture from KU, spring 2009; son of Tad and Kathy Jacobs.

WYOMING
From Laramie 82070
Megin Brook Rux Sevier, master’s of architecture from KU, fall 2009; daughter of Marjorie Brooks and Jim Lovvorn; bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming.


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