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NIST Report for the MSU Epicenter.

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Williams, K.; Berkebile, B.; McLennan, J.; Achelpohl, K.; Svec, P.

NIST GCR 01-807; 155 p. September 2000.


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The success of natural systems depends upon diversity, efficiency and independence. The complexity of natural systems, as well as the complexities of our communities, can be better understood by starting with basic underlying principles and values. Montana State University and all the players, through the "Green Building" project, have learned that collaboration, diversity and participation are key ingredients in creating a process that can lead to the discovery of new solutions. Early In the process, the original MSU visionaries had individual as well as institutional goals In mind when they applied for the first S200,000 planning grant from the National institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Vice President of Research, Creativity, and Technology Transfer, Robert Swenson, saw what he called "insurmountable opportunities" from a green building project. Peter Perna, Director of the Center for Economic Recovery and Technology Transfer (now MSU/NASA TechLink), became project director for what he saw to be an incu-bator for new companies interested in "green" technologies. And Professor of Architecture Jerry Bancroft wanted to bring cutting-edge architecture and sustainable design expertise to MSU classrooms so that students and faculty could benefit. Together, these three searched the nation for an arc1 8itectirral firm that could lead a design team for what would be "the most energy-efficient building 011 the planet." Bob Berkebile of BNIM Architects, Kansas City, Missouri, was selected and the four set about to develop an appropriate team, one that could "change the way we design, build, operate and maintain buildings the 21st century." The team envisioned a national demonstration project that would bring educational and technology transfer opportunities to MSU and the Gallatin Valley. As the original design team stood in that valley, they did not see "The Valley of the Flowers" that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark described in 1805. What they did see was an opportunity to restore the site and build upon it a structure that world be in harmony with nature. During the first charrette in 1994, a diverse group of international, national, and local experts assembled to develop arid embrace the goals.