Straw-Bale Eco-Center Demonstrating How to Live Sustainably in the MidwestStudent Team: Student Team Members, Departments, and Institutions: All students working on the project are students at Ball State University.These include architecture students Matthew T. Amore, Daniel G. Bajor, Geoffrey A. Burns, Evan T. Anderson-Decina, Geoffrey S. Desmit, LindseyEckstein, Todd M. Ernstberger, Merritt M. Ertel, Luke J. Geers, Joshua T. Higginbotham, Brandon M. Hoopingarner, John L. Hudson, Teresa KlingensmithHaines, Megan M. Leder, Stephanie L. McLeish, Martin A. Merkel, Brian W. Pace, Logan U. Parmele, Wesley W. Perkins, Michael D. Powers, Martin D. Sams,Bradley J. Singer, Patrick W. Steffen, Chelsea A. Wait, and Nathan R. Ziulkowski. The project team included landscape architecture students Ryan J.Alexander, Sharon M. Dougherty, Brad R. Faichild, Lawrence T. Fettig, Emily K. Harner, Alisha R. Koester, Bradley A. Kottkamp, Amy L. Lewis, Josh T.Manwaring, Jason M. Reier, Justin A. Russell, Corey R. Seltenright, and Kelly A. Woodward. The team also included natural resources andenvironmental management students Daniel A. Dyson, Kendra Frost; interior design student Alicia A. Hall, political science studentDavid M. Cain, and pre-journalism student Lauren Kenley.
Phase I:-Resulted in the first builtcomponent of a Universityteaching and research “LandLab” envisioned for the site.-Resulted in first load bearingstraw-bale building in Region.LEED gold rating (phase II)-Funded with a 10K EPA P3grant obtained by Gray /Motloch 2006, 8K forconstruction and materials-Have begun monitoringperformance: -Energy performance -Bale moisture content
Looking Southeast toward farmhouseLooking Northwest toward site
Mock up and research forconstruction of Straw-Bale Eco-Center began by in 2005, (Gray Arch417, building tech, special project).Work used to obtain EPA grant.
Design Process-Identify players / permits req’d /establish schedule for work-Design began with Gray 301 studio (2 week project)-Develop / document/ price design with Gray ARCH 498; 4th / 5th year elective
Students discovered that architectural expression could exist within creativemanipulation of building systems, materials and assemblies.
DIAGRAMS / EDUCATIONAL TOOL-Help to explain thought process throughoutdesign-Relate decisions to USGBC criteria-Clarify the notion of “sustainable design” -Not the result of any one thing but the sum total of smart (and in this case simple) decisions throughout the process of design and construction-De-emphasize significance of any singlecomponent (i.e. straw –bale) in favor ofunderstanding sustainable strategies as acollective and interrelated set of decisions.
2007-2008 Initiatives:-Complete work on the straw-bale classroom building-Complete design and implement phase two, integration of building w/ landscapesystems (pending funding)-Participate as part of campus tour for the 2007 “Greening of the Campus”Conference at BSU; a bi-annual national conference hosted by the University.-Begin Delaware County K-12 tours of facility as part of “Christy Woods” naturetour.