In 2009, the Mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., introduced the Green Phoenix plan, partnering with community groups and individuals with the goal of becoming the most sustainable city in the United States. Exemplifying this partnership, Arizona State University built the 223,000 square foot Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication building in downtown Phoenix, providing new classrooms, office space and a home for local PBS affiliate KAET Channel 8. GKD–USA’s Lago stainless steel woven metal fabric was used to create sunscreens, bringing the sustainable elements of sun control to the building.
Impressively beating out over a hundred design firms, JDS Architects were commissioned by the Oslo municipality to build the city a new ski jump. The project would replace an older ski jump that was considered below standard, originally costing the city its hosting position for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The award-winning Hartford Hospital parking garage was part of a massive hospital modernization project known as HH2020. The project, designed by Perkins+Will in collaboration with engineers, Desman Associates, faced numerous challenges. A time constraint forced construction to be done within 12 months. Additionally, adjacent property line adjustments were necessary as well as the relocation of a sanitary main.
Façades are no longer just decorative for buildings; they are now providing substantial benefits in terms of sun control and LEED points. Woven metal mesh fabrics reduce solar-generated heat gain, while providing lighting benefits within a building. Solar management technology allows specifiers to plan ahead for the solar heat gain coefficient (the shading measurement used throughout the U.S.) of a building.