When the Indianapolis Zoo was given a $10 million grant, the one condition for using it was that it needed to implement an initiative that benefits the community’s goal of long-term sustainability. The result? The zoo’s bicentennial pavilion, which hosts a wide range of events and is protected from weather by our U-Lite™ canopy system. Modeled after a lush rain forest, and crafted primarily from natural materials, the space houses 11 “pods” for up to 1,000 seated attendees and is the perfect environment for the Macaws presentation it currently hosts. The canopies allow for 100% collection of rainwater, which percolates into an aquifer as opposed to being discharged to city sewers, achieving the sustainability goals and requirements for the project.
Tucker’s Point- Nana Wall
Applications: Hurricane Zones, Hotels Exterior, Recreation and Entertainment Exterior, Hotels, Recreation and Entertainment
Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center- Major Industries
Location: Plant City, FL
System: Guardian 275® Wall Systems
Architect: The Lunz Group
Contractor: Trias Construction
When Plant City’s beloved, nearly 50-year-old community center was damaged during Hurricane Irma, the difficult decision was made to demolish the aging center and build a more modern, resilient one in its place. The goal was to build a lasting facility that, like the one before it, will provide a safe and welcoming place for the Plant City community to come together. With this vision in mind, the city partnered with The Lunz Group to design a vibrant, new community center that’s dedicated to sustainability and weather preparedness, and that future generations will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
Scotland’s first dedicated design museum blends architectural expression with energy conscious design. Home to curiosity, innovation and learning, the £80m building is situated on the edge of the majestic River Tay.
Commissioned by Dundee City Council, the iconic landmark is the first building in the United Kingdom that has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and was built by BAM Construction. The visually-striking structure provides a new social and cultural hub, comprising 1,650 m2 of exhibition space connected to the historic riverfront. Inspired by Scottish cliffs, the angular form of V&A Dundee immediately demands attention.
The building also celebrates the best in energy efficient design achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating. Kingspan utilised the air source heat pumps in combination with geothermal energy to improve energy conservation. The V&A features thirty 200-metre deep bore holes to heat and cool the building. To ensure rainwater is effectively channelled off the flat roof, Kingspan’s tapered roofing design team created the detailed layout and specification for the final roof insulation scheme. These solutions address the potential heat loss from the museum’s expansive flat roof and also provide drainage management to prevent long-term maintenance issues. All three Kingspan Insulation products installed at the museum have been assigned the highest possible BRE Green Guide Summary Rating of A+.
On the second-floor circulation, foyer and galleries, Kingspan Access Floors supplied an RMG600 medium grade system for the museum. Finished with Attiro magnetic engineered timber flooring, this provides a high specification overlay finish with the benefits of a functional design which allows for easy access to the service void below. With 500,000 visitors expected in the first 12 months, the flooring solution also ensures durability.
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – RAMSEY STUDENT CENTER 2
University of Georgia, Ramsey Student Center, Athens, GA, Guardian 275® Hip Ridge Skylight (Replacement/Retrofit)
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – RAMSEY STUDENT CENTER
BURRELL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Blended seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, the new Burrell Behavioral Health administrative campus is an excellent example of how natural light and views of the outdoors can be incorporated into a building’s design to create a healthy and calming environment for workers. The 48,620-square-foot space was repurposed from what was previously a higher education building for behavioral health sciences and is now home to a variety of formal and informal meeting spaces for Burrell staff. A new addition also serves as the facility’s main entrance and focal point.
Guardian 275® translucent wall panels over the main doors not only add a charming aesthetic, but the panel’s Verti-Lite™ grid pattern also provides the perfect backdrop for the building’s signage. Incorporating the company name with the translucent panels allows the building’s interior lighting to gently outline the lettering, making it visible both day and night and saving energy by eliminating the need for illuminated signage or additional outdoor lighting.
Roanoke Blacksburg Airport
The ever-growing Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) wanted to better accommodate the 600,000+ passengers that move through the airport annually. To help guide commuters to the terminal and protect them from poor weather and glare, ROA incorporated 7,560 sq. ft. of our Pentaglas canopy system into a massive $1.9 million renovation project for the airport. Designed to match the architectural style and feel of the airport itself, our blue matte canopy serves as a focal point, spanning the entire length of the Long-Term parking lot to lead guests and travelers to the Terminal’s main entrance.
Skokomish Community Center
The Skokomish Tribe’s brand-new community center encourages stronger relationships within the tribe through programs highlighting culture, traditions, education, ceremonies, and more. The center celebrates the Tribe’s environmentalist culture by incorporating a variety of “green” initiatives, including: LED lighting, over 400 solar panels on the roof, and 3,280 sq. ft. our U-Lite canopy system to provide an abundance of natural light in the entryway below. Traditional Coast Salish artwork was also incorporated into the building’s structure, seen in the barn-style doors and carved poles at the entrance, which make up the canopy posts. The Skokomish center creates a welcoming environment for all members, and the community believes the new facility is a sign of progress for the tribe and a great indicator of what is to come.
Ohio State University Transit Center
The Ohio State Transit Centers across campus now feature our U-Lite translucent canopy system to provide shelter for the drop off and pick up areas. Over 10,200 sq. ft. of our canopy systems were installed on the school campus, specified in an ice white glazing color. The U-Lite system allows for an abundance of natural light beneath the covered area, creating comfortable and defined spaces for students and passengers. Our pre-engineered system was the perfect solution for the project’s compressed schedule, eliminating weeks of engineering and submittal time and resulting in substantial cost savings.