Seeking to enhance its corporate image and the efficiency of its North American wind energy management facilities, Invenergy engaged IDC Architects to create conceptual site designs for multiple locations, including structural improvements, site landscaping, and the addition of visitor information kiosks. Invenergy wanted professional, sustainable management facilities that reflected its core values: renewable energy, sustainable principles, and environmental stewardship.
IDCA’s conceptual design study provided comprehensive improvements to four of Invenergy’s North American Energy Center Operation & Maintenance Buildings, and recommended upgrades for facilities in Montana, Colorado, and Idaho. The proposed redesign encompasses more than 12,000 SF of pre-existing office space; actual square footage varies by location.
IDCA targeted recommendations for improvements in three key areas: sustainability, aesthetics, and performance. Examples include reducing the overall building pad and returning areas to natural vegetation, reducing the environmental footprint; irrigation landscaping; screening the prevailing winds; reducing fencing; paving entrances; and creating storage areas that are integrated into building design.
Upgrades for building exteriors and interiors will optimize their performance, improve safety, and generally make them better community “neighbors,” demonstrating the core values of sustainability for which Invenergy has become known. The project scope also included analysis for developing educational kiosk concepts at multiple sites around the country. IDCA provided four uniquely situated, site-specific kiosk concepts that reflect a people-centered design.
Finally, Invenergy asked IDCA to develop a landscape concept for a city park in Judith Gap, Montana, centered on a community attraction that showcased one of the company’s 125-foot wind turbine blades. IDCA presented several orientation options for the massive blade, with a final recommended design that preserves neighbors’ views and maintains optimal sight lines from an adjacent highway.