Three Projects with Unique Hidden Gems

Take a closer look at these projects and their distinctive interiors.
Honolulu, Hawaii – View Dynamic Glass at work at
the American Savings Bank Campus. Photo courtesy
of American Savings Bank.

 Los Angeles, California – Wave hello to the beachy
 vibes at Los Angeles International Airport’s Midfield
 Satellite Concourse. 

Lethbridge, Alberta – Bright and vibrant, the
University of Lethbridge is the perfect learning
environment.

1.  American Savings Bank Headquarters – Energy-Efficient Tinted Glass

Did you know that the average person spends close to 90% of their life indoors? Knowing this, American Savings Bank (ASB) made it a priority to create a campus with a comfortable interior environment, including access to views and natural light without sacrificing energy efficiency. Windows are often one of the most energy-inefficient components of a home or building, as heat can easily escape or enter.

An electrochromic, or color changing, tinting glass removes the need for blinds, controls glare and heat, and doesn’t interfere with office views. The glass can block more than 90% of solar radiation, thus significantly reducing the heat and energy required for cooling.

“We believe our Campus will set a new standard for workplace design – one that accommodates a variety of work styles, encourages collaboration, and creates a fun atmosphere that benefits our teammates’ well-being,” said Beth Whitehead, ASB executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “The Campus will help us make banking easy for our customers and provide an exceptional experience to customers and teammates alike, while continuing our tradition of making people’s dreams possible.”

2.  Los Angeles International Airport– Wave-Like Ceiling

The waves rolling off the California coast don’t stop at the shore line; they continue inland to the Los Angeles International Airport’s Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) interior ceiling, then on to the Tom Bradley International Terminal’s roof.

To replicate the wave-like movement on MSC’s exterior roof, the team embarked on a mission to add a unique element to the concourse’s interior. Triangular-shaped, perforated metal panels were assembled on the ceiling to closely mimic the smooth up-and-down motion of the sea. Unlike typical ceiling tiles found in most offices, these three-sided panels allowed for a remarkable configuration.

“MSC's wave-like ceiling design is a response to Tom Bradley International Terminal’s roof design. The roof represents waves rolling along the beach,” said Allen Hill, superintendent. “The design team decided to expand on this wave theme and design a ceiling that represents swells that precede waves.”

Now, while traveling through the concourse, visitors can look up and feel like they’ve arrived at the coast. The beach feel is apparent from every angle.

3.  University of Lethbridge Destination Project – Solar-Generated Air Conditioning

The University of Lethbridge’s​ new 400,000-square-foot facility is the largest construction project to-date in the university’s history. With the goal to become a destination for high-end research and studies, the building includes several state-of-the-art features that set it apart from other academic facilities.

The double wall curtain system is a forward-thinking, energy-saving initiative that acts as a plenum, or enclosed space, and uses solar heat to passively assist in air conditioning. The building’s outer windows, venetian blinds, and full-height interior glazing adjacent to lab spaces create an open and bright learning environment.

A vibrant space th​​roughout the facility will allow for educational observation by creating a “science on display” approach. 

 

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