Center for Design Research

2544 Westbrooke Circle Lawrence, KS 66049

This new facility for collaborative research in sustainable energy, which adjoins Chamney House on the south, was dedicated July 16, 2011. An 1,820-square-foot, one-story stone building, it was funded by donations to and designed and built by about 20 architecture students in Studio 804, a program of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The building, which meets LEED platinum-certified standards, features a wind turbine, a smart grid meter, an energy-conserving plant-covered roof, solar panels, a rain garden, and an electric-vehicle charging system. Inside, it features a "green wall" planted with ferns under the three skylights in the south-facing main conference room.