This top-ten green building is a respectful, LEED Gold-certified addition to Frank Lloyd Wright's meeting house for the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin.
AIA TOP GREEN BUILDINGS 2011
The Kubala Washatko Architects faced a real challenge: create a large yet sympathetic addition to a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark. And the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin, wanted this new structure to be very green to boot.
Tracing a gently curving arc southwest of the original 1951 building, the thoughtful new addition to the famous Unitarian Meeting House provides substantial new space for the congregation in a structural composition that respects Wright's design without mimicking it. What's more, the LEED Gold-certified, 24,300-square-foot (2,260-square-meter) building benefits from daylighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and improved stormwater management.
In recognition of its sustainable design, the Unitarian Meeting House addition has been named one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2011 by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).
Expanding Wright's Meeting House
Of the many green design features at the new Meeting House addition in Madison, two of note are the stormwater management system and the HVAC system.
While the facility's total footprint was doubled by the expansion project, stormwater runoff was virtually eliminated. Previously, severe runoff had caused localized flooding of neighboring properties. Now almost all stormwater is retained onsite. The system includes a vegetated roof, an underground infiltration chamber, two rain gardens, a series of bioswales, and a pervious, landscaped courtyard.
As for heating and cooling, the transfer of thermal loads via a radiant-floor system instead of through conventional forced-air systems contributes significantly to the addition's overall energy performance. The HVAC system conditions and supplies only the amount of outdoor air to occupied spaces that is needed for ventilation (air-exchange) purposes. >>>
The updated interface of Revit Architecture 2011, a 3D architectural-design and BIM software suite from Autodesk, includes full-size icons for all tools.
Revit Architecture 2011 in Depth: Part 1
by Lachmi Khemlani
In the 2011 release of Revit, Autodesk has attempted to respond to users' criticisms with a number of enhancements to the interface. All the tools are now represented by full-size icons and their locations are more consistent, making them easier to find and reducing the amount of switching between the ribbon tabs users need to do to carry out a task.
The Home tab has been expanded to also include the Opening tools, which were earlier located under the Modify tab. Each tab on the ribbon now has the Modify tool located first, making it easier to find as it is the same position on every tab. >>>
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Amazon Cloud Outage Staggers into Day 2 - Computer World, 2011.0422
Tracking File Found in iPhones - New York Times, 2011.0421
HP's New Workstations Span a Range of Sizes, Prices, and Portability - Cadalyst, 2011.0421
Autodesk AEC Technology Day 2011 - AECbytes, 2011.0421
Revit Architecture 2011 in Depth: Part 1 - ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0420
Bentley Releases AutoPLANT V8i - Bentley Press Release, 2011.0419
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