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2010
Bae-Won Koh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, becomes member of USGBC's LEED Faculty. His deep involvement in USGBC and LEED was recognized by the USGBC. LEED Faculty is a group of about 80 experts in LEED who will teach USGBC's LEED Workshops around the country.
2011
Press Release:
"Environmental Solar Energy, Environmental Wackos' Socialist Plot? Countering the Solar Energy Myths and Misinformation" by Michael Nicklas

The Triangle Business Journal awards
Innovative Design with the 2011 Green-for-Profit Business of the Year award.

Innovative Design was awarded 2011 Environmental Excellence Award for our Wilkes County Rest Area and Visitor Center by the Federal Highway Administration.

Mike Nicklas, FAIA, served as the national AIA's representative in the development of the U.S Department of Energy's 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schols

City of Raleigh Time Warner Pavillion
Innovative Design is selected to design new roof system and PV (photovoltaics) system at the Time Warner Pavillion.

Buncombe County Enka High School
Buncombe County Board has selected Innovative Design for Enka High School renovation. The renovation scope concentrates on improving energy efficiency of the building. Innovative Design will also design the solar PV system.
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"Daylighting: Design Evolution Through Simulations and Measurements"
Presented By: Umesh Atre and Bae-Won Koh

"LEED 2012: What's in There?"
Presented By: Bae-Won Koh
USGBC Triangle's GreenNC: Building for a Sustainable Future, held in Durham, NC on December 8th, 2011 features two educational sessions by Innovative Design staff:
2012
The Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar array is now fully online. The 1.3 MW system will generate approximately 1.7 million kWh per year of clean energy.
Innovative Design is featured on the February issue of BUILDINGS Magazine. Heritage Middle School is featured on the issue's cover. The article discusses the benefits of daylighting in schools and the vast savings that daylighting can bring. Expertise and project experience from Innovative Design can be found within the article. Read the entire article, "School Lights" here.
Sign-up to join Innovative Design's mailing list to receive our monthly Greening Up newsletter highlighting a different sustainability issue each month. Each issue will guide and inform you about sustainable design by using the knowledge and experience that comes with Innovative Design's thirty-five years of sustainable practice. With over three decades of experience in the green building industry, Innovative Design is an industry recognized expert in key aspects of sustainable design. Innovative Design has been involved in the design of over 4,700 energy efficient, environmentally-sound buildings and has been committed to advancing sustainability since 1977.
2013
Haywood Community College's Creative Arts Building Grand Opening: March 1st, 2013.

Bae-Won Koh, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, elected to the Town of Cary Building the Future Committee.

Innovative Design, along with Legerton Architecture, selected as architects for Asheville, NC's new Isaac Dickson Elementary School.
Innovative Design is featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Solar Today. Haywood Community College's Creative Arts Building is the feature project in the fall issue, focusing on the project's many sustainability implementations. This marks the fourth time that an Innovative Design project has been the featured on the cover of Solar Today. Please visit the Solar Today website to read the full article on the Creative Arts Building.
2014
2015
Catawba College selects Innovative Design for major advances of their 2030 Green Step Initiative and their pledge towards sustainability.
Celebrating the first 15 years of the LEED rating system, USGBC+ Magazine selected 15 transformative projects to highlight, including Andrew Wilson Charter School. The article can be found July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+ or HERE.

Bay Transit's Middle Peninsula Regional Transit Facility Grand Opening: May 28, 2015

Foster Lake's new office was completed in summer of 2015. The Garner, NC based, net zero facility will serve as Foster Lake's new headquarters.
Discovered in 2014 by a paleontological team lead by Dr. Steve Nicklas, a professor at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville, the 66 million year on Hadrosaur was installed several days before Christmas in the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina. In describing the very unique aspect of the dinosaur installation, Dr. Nicklas stated that he believes that "this is the only example of an articulated dinosaur skeleton on display in an elementary school in North America if not the World. It represents an amazing opportunity for the students, especially because mounted specimens currently on display in our country's major museums are almost all replicas made totally from resin cast copies."

Steve Nicklas is the brother of Mike Nicklas who is president of the architectural firm, Innovative Design. Innovative Design, in conjunction with Legerton Architecture, designed the new 75,000 square foot K-5 elementary school that features numerous sustainable design features including natural daylighting in all the school's main occupied spaces, rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, a community garden, a greenhouse, and numerous outdoor experiential learning centers. The school has been designed to LEED Platinum environmental standards and Asheville City Schools is in the final stages of negotiating with Asheville's Sundance Solar to implement a 600KW photovoltaic system that, if completed as planned, will be the State's first net-zero energy, LEED Platinum elementary school.

While the school is still several months from opening, the students will soon be welcomed to their new school by the dinosaur that is mounted on the school's main lobby wall and stands 28 feet long and 10 feet high. Architect, Mike Nicklas stated that "the dinosaur was donated to the school in an effort to raise attention to the impact that abnormally rapid changes in Earth's atmospheric conditions can have on the inhabitants of the Earth."

"What an amazing gift to our school community" stated Asheville City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Baldwin. "Our young students can calculate the time of day on the new sundial just outside the school's entry, then walk only a few steps to travel 66 million years back in time. They can learn and grow in a 'green' school that features numerous sustainability elements while observing a relic from a time long ago that was not, as we they will learn, sustainable."

The genus type of Hadrosaur that was discovered in South Dakota and then carefully excavated and prepared by Dr. Nicklas and his colleagues over the past two years is called Edmontosaurus. The Edmontosaurus lived alongside dinosaurs like Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus shortly before the Cretaceous-Paleogene catastrophic extinction event that changed the atmosphere of the Earth sixty-six million years ago and effectively made it impossible for plants to carry out photosynthesis. The Edmontosaurus roamed the Earth at the end of the Maastrichtian stage of the Cretaceous Period and was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs.
2016
New Isaac Dickson Elementary School Now Home to 66 Million Year Old Dinosaur
Photo Credit: Asheville School System
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2017
Isaac Dickson Elementary Selected Top Sustainable School in the Carolinas
RALEIGH NC, September 25th, 2017 - On September 21st, Isaac Dickson Elementary School received the 2017 Top Green School Award in the Carolinas at the US Green Building Council’s Green Gala event held in Charlotte. The award, recognizing the best green school in North and South Carolina, was presented to the school’s design team led by Innovative Design, Legerton Architecture and Elm Engineering.

The 77,000 square-foot K-5 elementary school in Asheville, NC, features numerous sustainable design elements including natural daylighting in all the school’s regularly occupied spaces, rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, a community garden, a greenhouse, and numerous outdoor experiential learning features. The school has been designed to LEED Platinum environmental standards and is currently crowd-funding in order to install a 600-kilowatt photovoltaic system that will result in the school being a net-zero energy user.

In order to bring increased awareness of the impact that abnormally rapid changes in the Earth’s atmospheric conditions can have on the inhabitants of the Earth, a fully articulated fossilized skeleton of a 66-million-year-old Hadrosaur has been incorporated into the design of the school’s front entry. The dinosaur was discovered by Dr. Steven Nicklas, the brother of Innovative Design architect Mike Nicklas, and later donated to the school. It is one example of the numerous features within the school that allow the students to experience and better understand the importance of pursuing an environmentally sustainable path.

In explaining the importance of the sustainable design features, Principal Brad Johnson emphasized that “student learning is clearly enhanced through implementing design elements into the building and site that allows them to actually experience what others may only be reading about.” . In emphasizing the benefits of the design, Asheville City Schools Superintendent Denise Patterson points to how “the school provides an exciting learning environment which is interactive for students. We are very fortunate that our students have this opportunity.”
“By incorporating constructed wetland ponds that help treat rainwater runoff before it reaches local streams, students get an enhanced appreciation of the impacts of upstream pollutants. By implementing a greenhouse and garden areas immediately outside classrooms, students better appreciate their connectivity to nature. This school is a fruition of a true integrative design, a collaborative effort of over 1100 participants during the design and construction” said Project Architect, Brian Koh of Innovative Design.