Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., used enhanced daylighting techniques and insulated windows in its recent Learning Commons expansion project.
As part of the project, which was certified LEED Gold, all of the existing windows were replaced with new insulated glass windows with simulated divided lights providing for a far more efficient exterior envelope, the university said in an email to AS&U.
In addition, an existing wall of approximately 50% masonry and 50% storefront, located along the interior wall of a deep porch was removed and replaced by a new wall.
The new wall was constructed 100% storefront, floor–to–ceiling, located on the outer edge of the porch, incorporating the porch into the conditioned space of the building. This change has allowed for additional, brighter space along a large portion of the northern facade.
The project contributed to the school being honored by the Georgia chapter of the U.S Green Building Council for its ongoing commitment to sustainable design and green building principles, according to a press release from the university.
“We’re delighted to be recognized for our commitment to promoting sustainability and healthy environments to learn on campus,” said David Carson, Armstrong’s vice-president for business and finance. “We want to lead by example and to underscore the importance of environmental responsibility at Armstrong.”