KCP&L Headquarters Awarded LEED Gold Certification

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BNIM’s design for KCP&L is one of the first tenant spaces in downtown Kansas City to be awarded certification for commercial interiors.

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Office layout maximizes natural daylight.

We hope that other local companies will follow KCP&L’s example and deliver energy efficient and productive workplaces and make decisions that benefit their business and their employees in a positive way.

While the green building movement has swept the country, many businesses who lease space may not realize they also can work towards LEED® certification for their offices. KCP&L is leading that charge in downtown Kansas City. The company’s 12 floors in One Kansas City Place have now officially been LEED Gold certified within the LEED for Commercial Interiors™ rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC). The remodel, which took place over seven months in 2009, was designed by BNIM and implemented by an integrated team including KCP&L, JE Dunn and Executive Hills.

“This certification reflects our commitment to becoming more energy efficient at all our locations,” said Mike Chesser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KCP&L. “It also aligns with our vision of improving life in the communities we serve.”

KCP&L has encouraged residential and commercial customers to adopt sustainable behaviors, such as enrolling in energy efficiency programs. The company also has begun to take business customers and community leaders on tours of the facility, sharing information about the path to LEED certification.

“BNIM helped us create a model workplace that will be a great demonstration tool in showing our commercial customers that they can reduce energy consumption even in leased space such as ours," said Chesser.

To receive the certification, KCP&L’s space was measured on how well it performs in the categories of energy and water efficiency, reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, improved indoor environmental quality and use of resources.

Energy-reduction measures employed in the remodel will result in annual energy consumption savings of more than 30 percent. These measures include:

  •     High-efficiency lighting that automatically dims or brightens, depending on the amount of incoming daylight.
  •     Energy-efficient under-floor HVAC and easy-access voice and data cabling
  •     Water-efficient restrooms that reduce water usage by 44%
  •     Carpet and furniture materials that don’t release pollutants typical of traditional office materials
  •     A focus on proven contributors to employee productivity, including thermal comfort, access to daylight and views, minimizing interior pollutants and controllability of lighting and temperature.

“KCP&L saw the potential that lies in retrofitting and revitalizing existing buildings into attractive and prominent green office space,” says Steve McDowell, FAIA, BNIM Design Principal. “We hope that other local companies will follow KCP&L’s example and deliver energy efficient and productive workplaces and make decisions that benefit their business and their employees in a positive way.”

About KCP&L
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at: http://www.greatplainsenergy.com or http://www.kcpl.com.

About BNIM
With 39 years of experience as a multidisciplinary architectural firm, Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Inc. has built a reputation for thoughtful and responsive design through technical competence and conscientious service. With offices in Kansas City, Mo., Houston, Tx., Des Moines, Ia., San Diego, Ca. and Los Angeles, Ca., BNIM has completed many significant public and private projects at both local and national levels. The firm’s areas of expertise include sustainable design and community redevelopment, urban planning and design, stormwater management, educational facilities, campus master planning, and residential and corporate office spaces. BNIM is committed to restorative design, which aims to maximize human potential, productivity and health while increasing the vitality of natural systems. For more information, call Maria Maffry at 816.783.1500 or visit http://www.bnim.com

Media Contacts:
Clara Miller, KCP&L
Phone: 816-392-9455
E-mail: media(at)kcpl(dot)com

Erin Gehle, BNIM
Phone: 816-783-1582
E-mail: egehle(at)bnim(dot)com


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