The BIM Kendall House project is a remodel of a 1954 prairie-style building, along with a small, energy-efficient addition to the existing building. The goal of this project was to design the addition as a high performance, sustainable office cluster, with a less aggressive approach to the existing historic building. The architectural design of the addition blends with the building form and function through a unique roof design. ENR’s new home also includes an outside setting for students to gather.
This green building received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Improvements to the existing building are in the spirit of LEED, in regard to recycling and re-using the existing components and structure. The house incorporates green elements including rapidly renewable materials such as cork and natural linoleum, and recycled materials such as rubber flooring and carpet The addition is designed to naturally perform in terms of natural ventilation to each office, natural daylighting, utilizing energy efficient mechanical, plumbing, new high performance electrical and lighting systems, no mechanical cooling, solar hot water panels, a photovoltaic system, and sustainable recycled and local interior finishes including the insulation systems. The construction crew also worked to minimize construction waste through recycling and re-use of materials.
"Given the opportunity, we would certainly hire Architecture Plus on future projects. They have shown tremendous vision and attention to detail while being true advocates for the project. We asked a great deal from their firm. We wanted an inspiring, green building on a very limited budget and Architecture Plus not only met, but exceeded, our expectations.” ---Nicole Korfanta, Assistant Director