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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
New Isaac Dickson Elementary School Now Home to 66 Million Year Old Dinosaur
Photo Credit: Asheville School System
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