A LEED gold-certified building addition by Lord Aeck Sargent houses the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) and features some innovative sustainable design strategies. The two-story, exposed steel structure is clad with red brick and glass on the ground floor, a glass curtain wall wrapped around the upper floor’s east, south and west facades, and a rounded front on the south façade, which faces south. A horizontal fritted glass sunscreen shade the upper floor, and a solar sundial tells the solar time of day in Ann Arbor and allows one to delineate the time difference to other important cities throughout the globe.
Click on the photo's or follow this link to read more about the building addition to the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory building, which underwent the second phase of a renovation at the same time as the addition was built.
Photo credits: © Curt Clayton.
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About Lord Aeck Sargent
Lord, Aeck & Sargent Inc. – dba Lord Aeck Sargent – is an award-winning architectural and planning firm serving clients in academic, historic preservation, scientific, arts and cultural, multi-family housing and mixeduse, and urban design and planning markets. The firm’s core values are responsive design, technological expertise and exceptional service. In 2007, Lord Aeck Sargent was one of the first architecture firms to adopt The 2030 Challenge, an initiative whose ultimate goal is the design of carbon-neutral buildings, or buildings that use no fossil-fuel greenhouse gas-emitting energy to operate, by the year 2030. Lord Aeck Sargent is also calling for increased transparency in the building products industry by urging manufacturers to disclose the chemical components of their products utilizing the Health Product Declaration,™ an industry standard format for conveying details about product content and associated health information, or Declare, the “nutrition label” for building products launched by the International Living Future Institute.
RBc: I love the simple and elegant solution of shading the ground floor with the overhang of the upper floor and the upper floor shaded by a horizontal fritted glass sunscreen. The building also uses chilled beam amongst its efficiency and comfort strategies.