June 6, 2008
5.4.7 Arts Center
Stacy Barnes 785.564.0610
GREENSBURG, KS- The 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg was presented with a plaque by United States Green Building Council representative, Corey Enck, naming the center the first LEED Platinum certified building in Kansas. Platinum is the highest rating of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building rating, making it the first of many extremely ‘green’ buildings in Greensburg.
On behalf of the 5.4.7 Arts Center board of directors, Stacy Barnes and Chris Ballard accepted this honor. Board President Barnes said, “This is a tremendous day for the 5.4.7 Arts Center, Studio 804, and for Greensburg. This is an amazing accomplishment and we could not be more grateful to the 22 students and Professor Rockhill of Studio 804 for making this possible. We are elated that the first LEED Platinum building in Kansas has its home in Greensburg. We also want thank to Mr. Enck and the USGBC for their work to expedite the application process.”
The 5.4.7 Arts Center takes their name from the date of the tornado that devastated Greensburg on May 4, 2007. The founding Board of Directors has chosen to remember this day not for the destruction, but for the opportunities that have come because of it. “We want to remember that day not because of the horrible tornado, but for all of the positive things that have happened since. That day has been a catalyst for change in our community and we want to remember that,” Barnes said. The 5.4.7 Arts Center will host art exhibits, classes, and other community arts events. Currently in the gallery is the work of Topeka printmaker, Justin Marable and the center’s first class, Adult Beginning Ceramics, will begin on June 17.
Studio 804 is a non-profit program with the University of Kansas School of Architecture. Comprised of 22 graduate students and Professor Dan Rockhill, this design/build program saw this project through from start to finish.
Many other LEED Platinum projects are slated for construction in Greensburg. In December of 2007, the Greensburg City Council passed a resolution that all City owned projects would be built to LEED Platinum levels. Although it is not a city project, the 5.4.7 Arts Center is just one example of the town’s commitment to rebuild sustainably and responsibly for the future. Following the devastating May 4, 2007 tornado, the community has embraced the opportunity to create a sustainable environment and to leave a smaller carbon footprint for future generations.
“It’s exciting to see the resolution passed by the city council last year to now come to fruition, for Greensburg to have 1st LEED Platinum Building in Kansas. This honor shows the commitment of the community to build sustainable and with renewable resources, building on green initiative for future generations. What a great honor for Greensburg and the 5.4.7 Arts Center to have the 1st Platinum building in the state,” said Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson.