Kansas City, Kansas
Science and Technology Center
Region 7 Laboratory
Total Facility Area: 71,955 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 110 persons
Energy Consumption: 17,907,307,200 Btu per year
Btu per GSF per Year: 248,868
Total Water Consumption: 2,557,590 gallons per year
Gallons per GSF per Year: 35.5
All energy and water data are reported as of FY 2011.
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 Region 7 laboratory with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's current blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's current and past blanket green power contracts.
- On August 4, 2003, the Kansas City Science and Technology Center received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2.0 for New Construction (LEED®-NC) Gold certification for including attributes such as daylighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and wood products from certified sustainable sources in the building design.
- The solicitation for offers (SFO) for this facility 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.
- The 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 completed a revision of its water management plan for the Science and Technology Center (PDF) (25 pp, 355K, About PDF) in August 2010. The previous plan (PDF) (20 pp, 503K, About PDF), which is superseded by the revision, was completed in November 2008.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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