Connecting and Leading the Campus
Efficiently compact, the building sets up a sequence of pedestrian-scaled exterior spaces along an important pathway connecting the University’s historic main campus to its medical campus. Facing this pathway, a network of “thermal corridors” along the south façade organizes the building’s circulation and reconciles the conflicting goals of transparency and thermal performance. Allowed to vary in temperature more widely than the principal spaces behind them, these corridors create a buffer that maintains comfort while reducing energy use. The layered organization of program allows 90% of the building’s spaces to be daylit and to enjoy views outside. This strategy establishes an architectural vocabulary for future campus development.
A Living Laboratory
Using 66% less energy than standards require, Grainger Hall is the most energy-efficient building of its type on campus. It integrates low energy, sustainable building systems to reduce environmental impact and serve as teaching tools for the School and broader community. Students and faculty actively engage with and learn how best to utilize the facility’s sustainable infrastructure. Building materials effortlessly slip between inside and outside: along the south, expansive wood plank ceilings run continuously between the two environments, providing exterior shading and improving interior acoustics. The blurring of boundaries reinforces the School’s mission to treat human society and the Earth’s environment as an integrated whole.
Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography