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U.S. EPA Region 7 Headquarters

>Land Use
>Site & Water
>Indoor Environment
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EPA Regional Headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas
(U.S. EPA Region 7 Headquarters)

Ficus trees planted in the atrium, shown here, filter pollutants from the air.


  • Location: Kansas City, KS
  • Building type(s): Commercial office
  • New construction
  • 217,000 ft2 (20,200 m2)
  • Project scope: 5-story building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed June 1999

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Headquarters building provides office space for employees in Kansas City, Kansas. Region 7 represents the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, as well as nine tribal nations.

Environmental Aspects

Members of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Koll Development Company, Langdon Wilson Architects, and Koll Construction formed the "Green Team" in June of 1998 in response to the need to incorporate environmentally preferable products and practices into the building without impacting the cost or schedule of the project. The building is situated on a brownfield site and was planned from the beginning to serve as a model for economically and environmentally sustainable building practices.

Every aspect of this building's design, construction, operation, and maintenance was considered for sustainable applications and practices. Water conservation is achieved through native landscaping and low-flow interior fixtures. Building materials were selected for their recycled content and their contribution to a healthy indoor environment. Strategies for energy conservation range from siting decisions and the use of daylighting to efficient HVAC components.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned by Rubicon-NGP, LLC
  • Occupants: Federal government
  • Typically occupied by 650 people, 40 hours per person per week

The project is leased by GSA and assigned to EPA.

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Structured parking, Cafeteria, Office, Lobby/reception, Data processing, Gymnasium, Mechanical systems, Conference, Restrooms, Electrical systems

Outdoor Spaces:

Parking, Patio/hardscape, Drives/roadway, Interpretive landscape, Shade structures/outdoor rooms, Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path, Restored landscape, Garden—decorative


Integrated team, Training, Green framework, Green specifications, Contracting, Commissioning, Performance measurement and verification, Operations and maintenance, Transportation benefits, Brownfield redevelopment, Open space preservation, Indigenous vegetation, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Wastewater treatment, Massing and orientation, Insulation levels, Glazing, Airtightness, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Adaptable design, Durability, Benign materials, Salvaged materials, Recycled materials, Local materials, Certified wood, Occupant recycling, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Moisture control, Thermal comfort, Noise control, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring

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