Archinect - News 2014-07-26T07:29:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/86088483/brad-pitt-s-make-it-right-opens-leed-platinum-housing-complex-in-kansas-city Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-11T15:50:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wn/wnklgn8pj7oa2e6k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://makeitright.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that helps communities rebuild after environmental or economic disasters, opened its most recent project in Kansas City, Missouri this past Saturday. The project focused on the abandoned and badly damaged Bancroft School plot, renovating the school building into LEED Platinum apartments, and constructing new homes on the grounds (designed by local <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56886078/bnim-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BNIM Architects</a>). The community complex also includes an auditorium, gym, computer lab and public gardens.</p> <p> Originally founded by Brad Pitt in response to the alarmingly slow rate of reconstruction in post-Katrina New Orleans, Make It Right uses urban acupuncture tactics to help damaged cities recuperate. According to Director of Innovation Tim Duggan, projects like the Bancroft School can help "[transform] the focal point in a blighted neighborhood into a catalyst for redevelopment.&nbsp;And we believe this can be a model for communities around the country".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cad9fhp8cgn17qiw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eih86pq8bhm00sr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Since its founding in 2007, Make It Right ha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78928311/just-how-green-is-the-world-s-greenest-building Just How Green Is The World's Greenest Building? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-07T20:06:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:57:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qz/qzvy1sdmy872sad9.jpg" width="514" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to data released by New York City last fall, the Bank of America Tower produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan. It uses more than twice as much energy per square foot as the 80-year-old Empire State Building. - Sam Roudman</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Bank of America tower in NYC, winner of Platinum LEED certification and (according to <a href="http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-kit/bank-america-tower-one-bryant-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bank of America</a>) "one of the world's most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings", is under scrutiny for its environmental claims, in a debate hosted by the Fast Company blog, Co.Design. A recent article by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/authors/sam-roudman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Roudman for the <em>New Republic</em></a><i>&nbsp;</i>questioned the building's actual environmental impact, and the effectiveness of LEED certification by extension. Roudman's piece prompted a counter-defense from the sustainability blog, <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/leed-bashing-bank-america-building-really-toxic-tower.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Treehugger</a>, and Co.Design has published the two sides of the conversation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45767427/orange-barrel-media-announces-leed-platinum-headquarters-in-columbus Orange Barrel Media Announces LEED Platinum Headquarters in Columbus WalkerEvans 2012-04-21T11:46:00-04:00 >2012-04-21T11:47:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3jor6lyh6n005t1.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new Orange Barrel HQ will reuse existing concrete storage silos and a renovated 10,000-sqft warehouse with a new 10,000-sqft addition. OBM President Pete Scantland says they&rsquo;re aiming for LEED Platinum certification with the project. Solar panels will be located on the back side of a 120-foot tall structure rising above the new offices, while the front side will provide a showpiece advertising space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Orange Barrel Media is a nine-year-old outdoor wallscape mural design and advertising firm that serves markets in New York, Boston, Charlotte, Columbus, Denver, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Yesterday, they announced a new headquarters in Columbus that includes an innovative solar-panel advertising tower and 20,000 square feet of space on a former concrete mixing plant adjacent to Downtown.</p> <p> The new development was designed by George Acock of Acock Associates with Landscape Architecture done by Keith Meyers and his team at MSI+KKG.</p>