Integrating Site and Water
Working with Capital Planning and Project Management (CPPM) the Zero+ Team selected a variety of Twin Cities projects and sites to explore design opportunities to explore energy and water design towards zero+ design goals to reduce emissions, energy, and water resource conumption. The findings of the student work has been compiled as design strategies to asssist CPPM and future design teams in the early design phases. For detailed information on the projects see the resources for the Residence Hall, Bike Pasture, Tate Lab and Church St., Rapson Hall, Eddy Hall, and University Lab.
The University of Minnesota’s 392-acre (158.6-hectare) Twin Cities Campus is a powerful teaching labratory for larger urbanized settings providing design students with a site having a single owner, a clear regulatory structure, and access to performance and other longitudinal data about the buildings, landscapes, structures, and users. The campus serves over 50,000 students and is engaged in a comprehensive range of research activities with 161 buildings (17.19 million square feet/1.6 million square meters gross) that consume about 8.8 trillion BTUs of energy annually, included about 380 million KWh of electricity. The Zero+ project resources explore innovative ways to integrate the architecture and landscape architecture towards zero+ goals.