January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21 2009 was a truly great day for the Odum School of Ecology. The Architectural Firm BNIM and the Green Building Planning Committee finally revealed the Concept Design Plan.
Our understanding of emerging global economic and environmental issues leads us to forge a sustainable building ethic for the world’s first college-level ecology program– the Odum School of Ecology. Our goal is a building that is ecologically resilient, socially just and economically sound.
Envision a world where the earth’s complex living systems are intricately linked and in delicate, harmonious balance with their surroundings. Serving as a model for how natural and built environments will collaborate in the future, the Odum School of Ecology will transform education and research and set an example for a future sustainable society.
The conceptual design of the Odum Green Building proceeded with a number of goals or visions in mind. These elements include PEDAGOGY, BIODIVERSITY, LIVABILITY, ENERGY, WATER, and NUTRIENT CYCLING. Each of these visions are embodied in the design of what will be the World’s most Sustainable Teaching and Research Laboratory.
To create change, the building and site will serve as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary transparent living laboratory available to everyone.
Embracing ecological diversity, complexity and resilience, the project will allow natural systems to self organize, heal and regenerate ecological processes. This, in turn, will provide food, fiber and shelter for living species including humans.
By encouraging interaction and collaboration amount the university, all sectors of the environmental community, and the general public, and by incorporating the healthiest building practices, this project will create inspiring and healthy indoor and outdoor spaces where people ling to work, study and visit.
The building will operate on a carbon neutral basis that demonstrates appropriate demand and supply technologies at various scales.
Occupying a headwater to the Oconee River watershed, the project will celebrate water by conserving and regenerating freshwater cycles, directly linking the building sire to the river.
Mimicking nature, the building will operate waste-free by integrating natural systems and adopting and inventing sustainable operating practices that harvest nutrients.
A great deal of time, energy, and thought went into the conceptualization, modeling, sketches, and ideas presented on Wednesday. However, the hardest part is just beginning, and we need your help. Any comments, questions, suggestions, ideas, or criticisms that you may have are extremely important to us and we want; no, we need to hear from you. Each and every comment or concern will be brought to the Committee’s attention, and will be addressed.
January 14, 2009
The Odum School of Ecology’s Green Building Planning Committee has been hard at work revising sketches, finalizing ideas, and proceeding down the path of building conceptualization toward a complete design. The images and descriptions that follow are excerpts taken from the 75% completion design teleconference.
The charettes, design meetings, planning, and conceptualizing are all finished. The final Odum School of Ecology Conceptual Plan will be presented by the architectural firm BNIM on Wednesday January 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM in the Ecology Building’s Auditorium. Anyone interested in the final book, or the design process is urged to attend.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Hopefully, I will see all of you on January 21 at 3:00PM in the Ecology Auditorium.
November 21, 2008
to seth’s point, the sketches are primarily topdown drawings (i.e. “plan view” to use architect-speak) at various scales with some elevations thrown in. on most of the sketches you can see the outline of biosciences to the east and forestry to the southwest which should help orient you to how the building fits with the rest of south campus.
and seth, i’ll send you a tootsie roll for being the first to comment.
November 20, 2008
below you can see the design progression starting from our Athens charrette in October to the K.C. outcomes. This gives a sense of how the concept evolved. also has a bunch of different drawings showing how elements of the project goals are incorporated into the building.
By the way, we really do want to hear back from you about these designs…Now is the time to share your thoughts!! Take a second, look things over, and let us know why you think these ideas are completely off-base or are the greatest thing since sliced bread….
link to higher res .pdf of these images is here: odum-school-conceptual-evolution2
November 13, 2008
November 10, 2008
For those of you who do not know, The Odum School of Ecology is in the process of designing and drafting plans for a new building. A building that will, “Set the benchmark as the world’s most sustainable academic lab building,” in a manner that physically embodies Eugene P. Odum’s legacy of ecosystems ecology by not merely being a construct sitting on the land, but by being a living laboratory that interacts in a constructive and beneficial way with the ecosystem. The Green Building Committee recently returned from a Kansas City Design Charette where they worked in conjunction with BNIM Architects to refine project goals, establish a building site, and lay the framework for building design. Further details from this Charette will be forthcoming.
Odum School of Ecology Green Building
“Our understanding of emerging global economic and environmental issues leads us to forge a sustainable building ethic for the world’s first college-level ecology program- the Odum School of Ecology. Our goal is a building that is ecologically resilient, socially just and economically sound.
The Building will foster regenerative symbiotic relationships between humans and natural systems. Serving as a catalyst for future campus development that integrates the natural and built environments into the curriculum, this project will transform education and society. It will reflect the environmental stewardship values of our founder, Eugene Odum, often referred to as the father of ecosystem ecology.
By factoring true life cycle costs into the design, construction, and operation of the building and site, we assure that we are making the wisest investment of our financial resources today and that we remain fully accountable to our students, the public of Georgia and future generations.” –Green Building Committee
November 5, 2008
As a newbie to the whole blogosphere, I have to say this is uncharted territory for me, but hopefully as Jamie mentioned in the “about” section, this will be a helpful forum for everyone to communicate and share ideas about the building. We hope to get cranking with some images directly on this site soon. In the meantime, check out the attached links…
a big thanks to jamie and bnim for getting the blog off the ground.