Independence Utilities Center

Client: Independence Power & Light
Completion Date: 2016
Location: Independence, Missouri


Our team provided design, engineering and construction services for the renovation of a 47,000-square-foot office building for Independence Power & Light.

In conjunction with the City of Independence, Independence Power & Light purchased the 14-acre site with plans to renovate the 1970s precast concrete superstructure. The building features a 39.68-kW photovoltaic system, an extremely efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) mechanical system with energy recovery, a large vertical axis wind turbine, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, high performance glazing, and solar shading. The energy-efficient building produces enough energy to take six homes off of the grid for a year.

This project site had been a blighted property that had become a breeding ground for criminal activity. The completed effort achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council. It was completed one month ahead of schedule and under budget. It has also brought positive life back to the surrounding community.


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