High Performance Buildings: Building the Future
We are living in a time where a multitude of factors evolve the way we live our life and interact with our environment. Now more than ever it is obvious. We spend much of our time in buildings whether it be at home, work, or experiencing culture and entertainment. High performance buildings are pushing the boundaries and Architectural Engineering Firms are innovating to come up with creative solution to achieve the goals of the project. Five captivating presentations will follow this introduction where designers will share case studies of some of the most innovative high performance buildings constructed. The presentations will include: HGA will share the details of a building that demonstrates mindful design and construction, healthy environments, and a University’s commitment to sustainability in the build environment. The Arizona State University Student Pavilion’s green features include chilled-beams with indirect evaporative cooling, external window and wall shading, energy-efficient equipment, high efficiency HVAC systems, and innovative lighting features. Altieri will present on the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of the Corning Museum of Glass which includes a spacious natural light-filled gallery with more than 900 diffusing skylights. They will describe the seamlessly integrated building systems that put the architecture first as a result of team collaboration and successful integration of architectural engineering principles. SOM, as the Architect and Structural Engineer of the One Manhattan West project, will describe the innovation and challenges behind this 996 feet tall office building. The tower’s central core is anchored to solid ground while its perimeter columns slope outward to create a column-free space at the buildings lobby and the glass fin perimeter wall emphasizes the openness of the space and makes the building’s structural solution a focal point. The Tianjin CTF Finance Center Tower, presented by SOM, is a striking fusion of structural and architectural expression utilizing an innovative structural system and creative detailing to deliver a strong, efficient, high-performing and cost-effective design. Each structural system is shaped to complement and coordinate with the architectural massing, which balancing the ductility and stiffness required for the tower’s location in a high seismic zone. SmithGroup will present on the University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building which utilized a social-mapping software and stacking exercises to explore how research clusters might work together. The result with its atriums and open labs is an uncommonly transparent facility for a research building and subtly suggests that science is unfolding in front of you as one moves deeper into the space.
- Amy L. Hackney, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger