OMEGA WATER TREATMENT PLANT
RHINEBECK, NEW YORK, US
In 2006, the Omega Institute commissioned BNIM to design a new, highly sustainable wastewater filtration facility with a strong educational component focused on water.
The institute houses an ecological wastewater treatment system that cleans the water by mimicking the processes of the natural world. All the water on the campus goes through the Eco Machine, where it is purified and cleaned. The water is being treated in a seven step process and is able to clear up to 20.000 litres of water per day.
This is the first US project to receive ‘Living’ status in Living Building Challenge 1.3 and LEED Platinum certification. To achieve this, the process relied on a highly collaborative team of experts in wastewater, civil, landscape, mechanical and structural design with a history of working together on high-performance buildings.