This adaptive reuse of a vacant campus laboratory is the new home for the University’s administration. Atelier Ten provided facade optimization, recommended energy efficient mechanical upgrades, and carbon analysis to give new life to this 1972 building.
The existing brise-soliel was effective at blocking un-wanted direct sun, but also reduced the amount of desirable ambient light. Atelier Ten optimized the envelope for energy efficiency, thermal comfort and daylight. Our recommendation to increase the amount of glazing with high performance glass created high-quality daylit interior spaces and prevents heat loss and glare. Atelier Ten provided the energy analysis to study the various envelope and efficient mechanical system options leading to a 50% reduction in space heating energy.
Atelier Ten’s life cycle assessment between embodied and operational carbon, showed the renovation of the building reduced greenhouse gases by 78% compared to building a new building. The operational savings recouped the embodied carbon of the renovation in two years; an equivalent new building would have taken 10 years.