Kansas City, Kansas
Science and Technology Center
Region 7 Laboratory
Total Facility Area: 71,955 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 110 persons
FY 2003 Energy Consumption*: 18,599,718,200 Btu per year
FY 2003 Btu per GSF per Year: 258,491
FY 2012 Energy Consumption: 16,060,040,000 Btu per year
FY 2012 Btu per GSF per Year: 223,196; 13.7 percent reduction from the baseline
FY 2007 Water Consumption**: 3,152,291 gallons per year
FY 2007 Gallons per GSF per Year: 43.8
FY 2012 Water Consumption: 4,288,133 gallons per year
FY 2012 Gallons per GSF per Year: 59.6; 36.0 percent increase from the baseline
All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2012.
*FY 2003 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure energy conservation progress. FY 2004 data are used as a permanent proxy for the FY 2003 baseline, since the Region 7 laboratory came online during Third Quarter FY 2003 and does not have a complete FY 2003 data set.
**FY 2007 is the standard baseline year used by the federal government to measure water conservation progress.
The Science and Technology Center houses the laboratory for EPA Region 7. The 20-year lease for this build-to-suit facility was awarded a design-build contract in August 2000.
- John Begley received a fiscal year (FY) 2010 Reporter of the Year Award for consistently submitting timely, accurate invoice packages and energy data reporting forms and being attentive to any necessary follow-up items.
Unique Environmental Features
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at the Kansas City Science and Technology Center with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- On August 4, 2003, the Kansas City Science and Technology Center received LEED® for new construction version 2.0 Gold certification for attributes such as daylighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and including wood products from certified sustainable sources in the building design.
- The Science and Technology Center meets the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (Guiding Principles) due to its existing LEED certification.
- The solicitation for offers (SFO) for the Region 7 Laboratory included green language to ensure that the facility and all its construction features promote energy efficiency and environmentally preferable materials and design. The SFO encouraged contractors to address energy and water conservation and other environmental factors. See the Kansas City Science and Technology Center Green Lease Rider for more information.
- In August 2010, EPA completed a revision of its water management plan for the Science and Technology Center (PDF) (25 pp, 355K, About PDF).
- A unique graywater collection and reuse system collects rainwater from the roof, air handler condensate discharge, and water rejected from a reverse osmosis system used to generate pure water for laboratory experiments. The graywater is first settled in a sediment tank, and then stored in a large underground tank before being reused in the building to flush toilets and as cooling tower makeup water. The graywater collection system reduces site runoff by 40 percent, and has the potential to generate over 500,000 gallons of water annually to offset the demand on the city water supply.
- A roof capture system collects rainwater for reuse at the facility, as described under Water Conservation above.
For More Information About This Facility
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For a complete overview of the environmental features of this facility, read EPA's Green Future for Laboratories: A Case Study of the Kansas City Science and Technology Center (PDF) (20 pp, 3.7MB). You can also order a hard copy of this report by requesting document number EPA-200-F-03-001 from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications.
For a summary of the facility's environmental features, view the Sustainable Facilities at EPA: Science and Technology Center, Kansas City, Kansas (PDF) (4 pp, 2.8MB) fact sheet.
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