Studio 804

About the Studio 804 Project
The new Center for Design Research building is a response to the emerging culture and support of sustainability at the University of Kansas. In congruence with the center’s mission, which is to provide a location for interdisciplinary work between multiple schools, the new building will provide a facility that aids in the education of the university and community on sustainable strategies, material innovation and building efficiency. The design for the new building implements sustainable strategies to maximize the potential of existing resources, minimize environmental degradation, create an environment that is safe, comfortable and efficient, and provide an iconic representation of sustainability for the university. Through the implementation and expression of sustainable systems, the building will provide a space for professional collaboration and community education while displaying a wide range of sustainable strategies. In doing so, it will showcase the advances of green building technologies and products, serving as a standard for the future development of the University and CDR.

About Studio 804
Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. As a final comprehensive experience, Studio 804 provides students with critical knowledge that prepares them for their future work as young architects in a rapidly changing and challenging profession. The vehicle used for this exhaustive experience is the design and construction of a building during which students explore and develop architectural solutions which promote efficiency, sustainability, and creative use of materials most often with severely limited budgets. For this project Studio 804 has generated over one half million dollars in donations from the building industry and additional sources such as the KU Transportation Research Institute. We are grateful for their support.

For a complete list of sustainable features in the new CDR building, please see the “Contact” page in this blog to request a PDF copy.


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