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Off the Shelf

Acknowledgements

As we enter the new millennium, it has become increasingly evident that the building practices of the past 100 years must change if we are to assume greater responsibility for the welfare of our planet. If it seems that our global neighborhood is becoming a smaller place every day, then we must realize that our natural resources are dwindling along with it. If we equally share in this planet, then we equally share in this problem.

It is all too easy to back away from addressing "green" issues by claiming that solutions are too expensive, too time consuming and too specialized. Regrettably, to specialize is to marginalize. If it is perceived that environmentally responsive building techniques are elitist and expensive, then our cause is lost.

The concept of "Off the Shelf" was developed to demonstrate that building responsibly is accessible to all people and to all projects, regardless of size or budget. Our mission was to encourage by example. By carefully researching building products and techniques that are readily available to the general public, our project Team was able to create an environmentally responsive building that remained on budget and on schedule. This book is a record of those achievements and a tribute to their dedication.

Building responsibly is not an "all or nothing" deal. While we recognize that the most "green" solution is not always achievable, we can each make a series of small commitments in our building projects that can add up to sizeable environmental response.

Our hope is that this project record will become a guide to empower and encourage every interested party toward building in a manner that is earth friendly. The tools and the techniques are available "off the shelf." We challenge you to add the commitment required to build projects that will set a responsive example for the next 100 years.

David von Oeyen David von Oeyen, Director of Design for Langdon Wilson, has over 20 years of experience designing various comercial, institutional and healthcare facilities. David holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. His key work has been honored with more than 15 design awards and has been published in numerous journals.
Steve Arnold Steve Arnold, Project Manager, is a talented and experienced Project Manager who has made major contributions to a broad spectrum of projects with emphasis in the areas of Project Management, Design Implementation and Construction Administration.
Robert Puleo, Interior Design, has more than fifteen years of professional experience in architectural planning, interior design and project management. He is thoroughly experienced in overall space renovation and expansion planning, detailed design development, modular furniture systems analysis and construction administration on large and small projects. Robert holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona.
Members of the Green Team would also like to thank the following people who shared their knowledge and dedicated their time in the creation of the EPA Regional Headquarters.
KOLL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
Steve Van Amburgh
Walt Mountford
Bob Jimenez
Vince Guzzo,
formerly KDC
GSA
Mike Brinks
Dale Mutchler
Bernd Ostermann
Sam Lombardo
Mary Ruwwe
Mike Thomas
Peggy Cobb
Woody Overton
Larch Bates
Dan Brown
Barbara Bodinson
Steve Stanberry
Bruce Stubbs
T.J. Hewitt
Gene Ramirez
Bond Faulwell
EPA
Rob Bukaty
Alma Brent
Dave Treece
Chet McLaughlin
Bea Sanders
Bucky Green
Craig Grable
Jim Callier
LANGDON WILSON ARCHITECTS PROJECT TEAM
Paul Thometz, formerly
Langdon Wilson Architects
MHI Structural Engineers
FBA Electrical Engineers
T&K Mechanical Engineers
Sylvan Lighting
SPAULDING & SLYE
David Stoudt
Marcy Owens
BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
Sal Coco
Patrice Townsend
Mike Turbak
Gary Roethler
George Powell
CITY OF KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
Al Greenwood
Lavert Murray
Bob Evans
Ray Bond
Bill Blackwell
Mayor Carol Maranovich
FASNACHT & NELSON
Mark Hillman
GASTINGER, WALKER HARDEN
Donna Buck
KOLL CONSTRUCTION
Ronald J. Claud
Bill Harris
Viola McCowan
Chris Lobb
Bill McFarland
SMITH & BOUCHER, INC.
Maurice Bartlett
PSI, INC.
Kelly Rotert
TERRACON CONSULTANTS, INC.
Kent Dvorak
RENTOKIL, INC.
Rosie Sutton
Exterior at Night
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