Visual Blog: Kalwall and LEED© Certified Projects
Daylighting is essential to any modern manufacturing facility as a proven way to increase productivity. Incorporating diffused natural daylight challenges architects to find creative ways to design aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and, in many cases, secure and protected spaces. Kalwall allows that creativity while meeting the most demanding manufacturing requirements for areas that need high visual acuity and visual privacy, in addition to reducing maintenance and energy costs.
Wolfe Center for the Arts
Bowling Green, OH, USA
The collaborative arts center at Bowling Green State University was the first building in the U.S. opened by the renowned Norwegian firm Snøhetta. The firm designed the 98,000-square-foot (29,870-square-meter) facility like a boulder left behind by the prehistoric glacier that shaped the region and created the Great Lakes. The building, which is LEED© certified, was named the second most notable new performing arts facility in North America in 2009 by Architype Review
Armed Forces Reserve Center, OR, USA
The Oregon Military Department set a goal of lowering its yearly energy costs by 25 percent when it began a modernization project of its sprawling campus. A key toward reaching that goal was installing extensive skylights fitted with Kalwall translucent panels throughout the facility. OMD’s energy goal was actually exceeded by 15 percent and the project achieved LEED© Gold certification and won the 2012 DBIA Civic – National Design Build award.
Aspen Music School
Aspen, CO, USA
Kalwall is featured in two of the centerpiece buildings on the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus that received the AIA Colorado West section’s highest honor. Meeting LEED© standards was a priority for this project. In addition to being energy efficient and bathing the halls in naturally diffuse daylight, the Kalwall systems are visually stunning elements of the design.
Amy Biehl School
Santa Fe, NM, USA
The school was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its positive impact on environmental practices and education. Kalwall systems are pronounced in many areas of the K-6 public school, including the dramatic use of a skylight in the main lobby. Skylights are also used in the gymnasium, while a Kalwall wall system helps bring diffuse natural light into the cafeteria.
Yale Sculpture Building
New Haven, CT, USA
The Sculpture Building became the first building in Connecticut to receive a LEED© Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council. The Kieran Timberlake Associates design also won the International Architecture Award. Sited to maximize natural daylight, the eye-catching building utilizes Kalwall systems throughout, reducing the need for artificial illumination and lowering energy usage.