Studio 804’s sustainable prototype is a collaboration with The 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, KS. The building was developed for the long term use by the Arts Center, however, as the first completed public facility in the tornado-devastated town, it serves as a beacon for the community and their ambitious rebuilding efforts.
Following the tornado, the Greensburg City Council passed a resolution requiring all publicly funded city buildings to be rebuilt to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum level of certification. Although the Arts Center is not built with public funds, Studio 804 feels strongly about supporting the USGBC’s decision and providing an example of the sustainable practices that can make this resolution a reality. On June 16th, 2008 — on the one year anniversary of the tornado — the Sustainable Prototype became the first LEED Platinum building in the state of Kansas, as well as the first designed and built by students.