Project Profiles

Greensburg Schools

In May 2007, a tornado swept through the small town of Greensburg, Kansas, razing 95 percent of its structures, including the schools. Town officials committed to rebuilding “green.” The new two-story, 120,000-square-foot K-12 Kiowa County School is LEED Platinum certified, and officials hope it will become a regional educational model. Greensburg is also now one of the world’s leading communities in LEED-certified buildings per capita.
Project

Greensburg Schools

Greensburg, Kansas

Architect

BNIM Architects

Kansas City, Missouri

Owner

Kiowa County USD 422

Greensburg, Kansas

Contractor

McCown Gordon

Kansas City, Missouri

In May 2007 a tornado destroyed most of Greensburg, KS, including all of the schools. The town committed to rebuild a consolidated school using green building practices.

The AIA's Committee of the Environment (COTE) selects ten top environmental designs each year that recognize sustainable design principles and reductions in energy consumption. This building won an AIA COTE Award in 2011. The school is certified LEED Platinum.