Kansas City, Kansas - Archive
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Science and Technology Center
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Science and Technology Center in Kansas City, Kansas. View the laboratory's current facility page.
- On October 28, 2004, EPA's Kansas City Science and Technology Center was designated as a Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Saver Showcase Facility. Developed on a former brownfield site, the facility was constructed to preserve natural resources, ensure occupancy health, and serve as a sustainable model for future laboratory design. As a result of the features described below, the Kansas City Science and Technology Center was 28 percent more energy-efficient than EPA's other comparable new laboratories in fiscal year (FY) 2004. See DOE's Federal Showcase Award Winners for more information. This facility also garnered an honorable mention in 2004 in the Sustainable Design/Green Buildings category of the federal Closing the Circle Awards given by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.
- In November 2004, EPA entered into a three-year contract (procured by the Western Area Power Administration ), with Aquila, Inc. to purchase 3.85 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs). This contract supported the generation of wind electricity from the Gray Country Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kansas. The purchase offset 100 percent of the electricity consumption at EPA's Science and Technology Center.
- A design competition for the laboratory resulted in an extraordinarily thoughtful and energy conserving mechanical system design which included variable air volume (VAV) fume hoods, a run-around-loop heat recovery system, and VAV heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems for the office and support areas. Energy modeling was then performed on this mechanical system design, and additional recommendations were developed and implemented that further improved energy efficiency. These additional efficiency improvements included zoned carbon dioxide sensors, plate and frame exchanger heat recovery, and the addition of a variable frequency drive chiller.
- EPA developed its first water management plan for the Science and Technology Center (PDF) (20 pp, 503K, About PDF) in November 2008.
- As part of the condensate recovery system, in FY 2006 the laboratory began collecting air handler condensate water to add to the rainwater storage tank for reuse throughout the building.
- The laboratory has also developed a deionized water recycling system so that less water will be required and processed for scientific procedures for the regional office.
For More Information
- EPA's Region 7 laboratory in Kansas City, Kansas, was one of the projects featured at the Science Forum in Washington, DC, in May 2004. The Forum, sponsored by EPA's Office of Research and Development, highlighted cutting-edge technologies. View the Science and Technology Center Forum poster (PDF) (1 pg, 1.0MB).