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EcoWorks at Southlake

Category: Commercial

Location: Southlake Technology Park Lenexa, Kansas
Designed By:
Patti Banks Associates,
Landscape Design Overview:
EcoWorks is another phase in the development of the Southlake Technology Park in Lenexa, Kansas, by The Zimmer Companies. The overall complex is valued between $45 and $50 million. The project expanded the Southlake business park by nearly one-quarter of its total area. PBA served as the owner's representative, project manager and landscape architect for the development.

The buildings and site components at EcoWorks feature an environmentally friendly, energy efficient design. Best Management Practices (BMP) were used for stormwater management and landscape design. Runoff from the parking lots is filtered in bio-swales and slowly released into an on-site detention facility.

The landscape designed for the complex is lower maintenance and includes prairie grasses, forbs, Buffalograss sod, and other native plantings. The irrigation system uses water from one of two lakes on site and was designed with mainlines and quick couplers for landscape establishment only, which in time can be abandoned.

Patti Banks Associates also designed and detailed the entry courtyard, arrival court, lake plaza, sport court, and other hardscape amenities.

EcoWorks is the first privately developed complex in the Kansas City Metro Area designed to comply with the LEED™ Green Building Rating System, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. At 350,000 square feet, it is also the first speculative office building to achieve LEED™ certification in the United States.