As part of the movement toward sustainability, designers and builders continue to look for new and effective ways to go green. From reducing environmental footprints to creating more energy-efficient establishments, McNICHOLS has partnered on several projects that seek to design with the environment in mind. Below, we’re sharing some creative sustainable Specialty Metal applications.
In a piece called "Turbulent Shade," a multitude of Perforated Metal panels were attached to sliding grommets on this Arizona City Hall’s exterior. As the Stainless Steel sheets float in the wind, this curtain wall functions as a sunshade to reduce solar heat gain. As a result, less energy is needed to cool the building from the Southwest sun rays—helping the building earn a LEED Gold certification.
At this California home, Bar Grating serves several sustainable purposes. Elevated as an overhang, it functions as a sunshade that helps naturally regulate the temperature indoors. The Grating is also a critical part of the house’s rainwater recycling system, allowing the passage of water and channeling it into an underground reservoir. This residence broke records as the first to be both LEED-H certified and GreenPoint Rated.
ECO-ROCK® gabion containers were chosen for a corporate campus in San Diego. Utilized as decorative partitions and amphitheater seating, the Wire Mesh system was filled with rocks harvested from a local quarry. By embracing the surrounding topography and using local materials, the project earned credits toward its LEED Gold certification.
Perforated Metal was selected for this townhome in Old Scottsdale to shade the glass façade from intense Arizona sunlight. The panels diffuse heat away from the building and assist in protecting the interior from extreme temperatures, thus conserving energy. The metal’s high recycled content and its energy-saving properties helped garner LEED points and a certification from Scottsdale's Green Building Program.
The City of Tampa, Florida, saw ECO-MESH® as the perfect solution for a streetscape renovation. Installed as stand-alone dividers, the trellises help create an art feature for a pedestrian walkway. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown, this vertical garden reduces both air and noise pollution!