Building Designed and Built by The Opus Group Receives LEED Gold Certification

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Opus Design Build, L.L.C., announced today that Kansas State University’s School of Leadership Studies building, designed and built by The Opus Group, received LEED Gold certification.

Completed in December 2009, the two-story 36,000 square-foot facility features a 210-seat lecture space, three mid-sized classrooms, three seminar-sized classrooms, an information café, faculty offices and meeting spaces. An outdoor amphitheater is designed for outdoor classes or impromptu gatherings and serves as the location for future building expansion. 

The building uses water at a 45 percent reduced rate, compared with baseline buildings, and boasts a sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is 36 percent more efficient than standard code requirements. The facility encourages alternative transportation by providing bike racks and showers in the restrooms. 

“KSU is committed to creating an eco-friendly and environmentally aware campus and university community,” said Oscar Healy, senior director for construction at Opus Design Build, L.L.C. “We were pleased to provide our expertise to further that commitment by delivering a facility that is sustainable and provides a variety of learning areas that are adaptable for different teaching methods. “ 

Inspired by craftsman design, Opus AE Group, Inc. worked in partnership with a committee to ensure the facility complements the architecture of the entire campus by using native Cottonwood limestone and other materials. 

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group™ is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and Opus Holding, Inc. and their operating subsidiaries, Opus Development Corporation, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, Inc. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit