Project: Greensburg City Hall
Location: Greensburg, Kansas
After a massive tornado with 205-mph winds destroyed 95% of the town of Greensburg, Kansas, the citizens used it as an opportunity to rebuild it better. The town of about 1,500 aimed to construct sustainable new buildings and homes out of the rubble, creating a more eco-conscious community for future generations. They also wanted to set a national example for community-wide green living to inspire other small towns.
BNIM Architects of Kansas City, Missouri, and Orr Construction Management of Raytown, Missouri, got to work on the massive project. The 4,700-square-foot City Hall, located in the heart of town, became the focal point of the project. “Greensburg City Hall is the symbol of the town’s vitality and leadership in becoming a model sustainable community where social, environmental and economic concerns are held in balance,” said James Pfeiffer of BNIM.
The architects designed Greensburg City Hall to achieve LEED® Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification. To meet these requirements, they incorporated various sustainable design components, such as a sloped standing-seam metal roof and reflective interior surfaces. A variety of gypsum board products and expertise was provided by CertainTeed to provide extra moisture and fire resistance for interior walls throughout the building. The company’s Ecophon fiberglass ceiling panels were also used for their high sound absorption. “CertainTeed wall and ceiling products incorporate large amounts of recycled material, ultimately reducing the impacts placed upon the earth and contributing to the mandate of the project to achieve a LEED Platinum certification,” Pfeiffer said.
Greensboro City Hall was completed after receiving the LEED Platinum certification and the city leaders were pleased with the finished product. They were also appreciative of the donations from CertainTeed and other building product manufacturers for this project.
“Greensburg is a living laboratory for eco-friendly and sustainable building,” said Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson. “It is great to partner with companies that have an interest in green building and we appreciate the donations they have sent us toward rebuilding our town.”
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