In early December of 2009, the Indiana University community and environmental experts came together to discuss improving sustainability practices at IU’s iconic Indiana Memorial Union. The Greening of the IMU, led by the Office of Sustainability at IU Bloomington, brought together IU students, faculty and staff with nationally recognized experts in the field of green building. The intense, two-day green planning process - also known as an “eco-charrette” - focused on ideas for more efficient energy use at the IMU.
The GIMU grant provided funding for a nationally recognized specialist to guide the green planning process. The grant proposal -- submitted by Hellmuth +Bicknese LLC, led by principal Dan Hellmuth, and the Leonardo Academy, led by Michael Arny -- was chosen based on the team’s extensive experience with green building design and eco-charrettes.
Daniel Hellmuth, an architect from Hellmuth +Bicknese LLC, offered guidance on campus sustainability and using the Greening of the IMU as a prototype for the rest of the campus. Hellmuth +Bicknese recently completed the Tyson Living Learning Center (http://www.slfp.com/)
This is an extraordinary opportunity to not only Green the IMU but also to use this as a catalyst to build on where IU Bloomington as an institution already is in respect to campus sustainability, said Hellmuth. It is coming at an opportune time when the IMU itself is entertaining some major renovations to better serve the students, a new Sustainable Master Plan has just been completed and recommendations in Campus Sustainability Report are being enacted campuswide.
One of Thursday’s featured speakers, Michael Arny, of The Leonardo Academy, will speak about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings. The Leonardo Academy is one of the nation’s most experienced LEED for Existing Buildings experts, with established projects such as the LEED EB Platinum Clinton Library, National Geographic Society Headquarters and JohnsonDiversey Headquarters.
More than 50 participants, including local and state experts, volunteered their time to support the charrette. Other attendees included representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Association for College Unions International (ACUI).
The initiative coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Indiana Memorial Union Board, established in 1909 as a campus organization. The Greening of the IMU will culminate in a report to guide renovation and operational decisions.
Participants analyzed such topics as the interior and exterior of the building; mechanical, energy and lighting processes; transportation and parking; purchasing procedures; and food service and hospitality functions. Energy and operations savings are expected to quickly repay the cost of the initiative, which includes employing a specialist to guide the planning process.
IU student and sustainability interns Nathan Bower-Bir and Farah Abi-Akar assisted IU engineers with an assessment of the building's energy and water use and other planning and reporting needs in preparation for the eco-charrette. A graduate-level class in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, titled “Sustainability Leadership,” provided preliminary data gathering for the Greening of the IMU and participate in the two-day program. A summer sustainability intern, Jenna Morrison, assisted with the grant application that was successful in obtaining funding from Duke Energy Foundation for the project.
|Natalie Stucky||Bose McKinney & Evans LLP||Green Attorney|
|Dan Overbey||Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects||Assoc. Architect, LEED AP|
|Pam Chapman?||Duke Energy||Director of Bloomington Office|
|Tom Durkin||Durkin & Villalta Partners Engineering||Principal|
|Ron Szumski||Ecolab Pest Elimination||Account Executive - Indianapolis South|
|Jennifer Roberts||Elements Engineering||Principal|
|Dan Hellmuth||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||Principal, Hellmuth+Bicknese LLC|
|Wanda Evans||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||Sustainable Design Consultant, H+B|
|Michael Arny||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||President, Leonardo Academy|
|Brett Krug||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||Senior Engineer, Solutions AEC|
|Ralph Bicknese||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese LLC|
|Ted Blahnik||H+B/Leonardo Academy Team||Principal, Williams Creek|
|Ted Mendoza||Independent Consulting||Principal|
|Karen Hanson||IU Administration||Provost|
|Thomas Morrison||IU Administration||VP Capital Proj & Facilities|
|Sherry Rouse||IU Art Museum||Curator of Campus Art|
|Chris Reynolds||IU Athletic Department||Senior Associate AD|
|Charlie Matson||IU Engineering||Special Projects Engineer|
|Dan Derheimer||IU Environmental Health and Safety||Environmental Manager|
|Anita Douglas||IU IMU||Asst. Dir. Admin. Services|
|Brandi Host||IU IMU||Rooms Divison Manager|
|Bruce Jacobs||IU IMU||Executive Director|
|Gary Chrzastowski||IU IMU||Asst Director, Facility Services|
|Rob Meyer||IU IMU||Asst Director, Activities & Events|
|Thom Simmons||IU IMU||Association Director|
|James Still||IU IMU Union Board||Union Board Member|
|Kathy McCarnes||IU Libraries||Director of Bus. Affairs, Sust., and Facilities|
|Andrew Libby||IU Office of Service Learning||Office of Service Learning|
|Nicole Schonemann||IU Office of Service Learning||Director, Office of Service Learning|
|Bill Brown||IU Office of Sustainability||Director|
|Emilie Rex||IU Office of Sustainability||Sustainability Program Coordinator|
|Nathan Bower-Bir||IU Office of Sustainability||GIMU Sustainability Intern|
|Bob Richardson||IU UAO||University Architect|
|David Walter||IU UAO||Architect|
|Jeff Kaden||IU UAO||University Engineer|
|Ian Kaelble||IUSA||Sustainability Director|
|Cynthia Brubaker||Middle Way House||Project Development Coordinator|
|Jim Kienle||Moody-Nolan, Inc||Dir. Of Historic Preservation Studio|
|Phil Yuska||Performance Services||Bus. Dev. Manager|
|John Groan||Ramsey & North Mechanical Services, Inc.||Customer Service Rep|
|Graeme Sharpe||Silver Creek Engineering, Inc.||MLSE, LEED AP, Indiana PE|
|Steve Mangan||Sodexo Dining Services||General Manager|
|Steve Ashkin||The Ashkin Group, LLC||President|
|Kristin Simmons||USGBC National||Green Campus Group|