SunChips Business Incubator

When a tornado destroyed nearly 95 percent of Greensburg, Kansas, city leaders committed to rebuilding as a model sustainable, rural community. Working alongside experts from the Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, our team designed a new business incubator meant to provide affordable office space for start-ups. The incubator, sponsored by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the USDA, and SunChips, helps to hatch small businesses by providing space for retail shops and professional services offices.

Project Details

GLMV designed this project in collaboration with BNIM. The building achieved LEED Platinum Certification with greater than 50 percent energy savings and innovative water-reuse systems. Strategic window placement, light shelves, and skylights allow most of the incubator to be daylit. A ground-source heat pump uses moderated temperatures of the ground to provide heating and cooling, and R-22 walls ensure the building's performance. Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels provide 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

 

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