FROM THE AIA:
The Visual Arts Facility (VAF) creates a new home for the University of Wyoming’s fine arts program with the direct intent to support and contribute to the arts in Wyoming. The LEED Platinum building advances new approaches to improving the health and safety practices of the arts disciplines, while celebrating the natural beauty of Wyoming as a source of identity and inspiration. The VAF reflects the University’s commitment to triple-bottom-line sustainable solutions that advance environmental, economic and social priorities by reducing environmental impact, educating users about the building’s performance, and being a safe, healthy environment that supports artists now and in the future.
A contextually appropriate design that fits the landscape very well. The jury was impressed by the attention paid to the health and well-being of the building occupants, the way the design addressed air quality in the studios, and the way this was expressed by the ventilation stacks on the exterior. Art materials contain many toxic chemicals; this project is a model for how to do this type of facility.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Estimated percent of occupants using public transit, cycling or walking: 70%
- Daylighting at levels that allow lights to be off during daylight hours: 85%
- Views to the Outdoors: 85%
- Percent reduction of regulated potable water: 41%
- Total EUI actual (kBtu/sf/yr): 73
- Percent reduction from National Median EUI for Building Type (actual): 72%